Guided by the latest research, we are modifying our cleaning protocols in both classrooms and student residence halls to mitigate the most likely means of transmission of the coronavirus. This means that housekeepers will spend more time on high-touch surfaces, which our own testing and scientific studies indicate should remain the area of focus. In the classroom, this change will increase the efficiency of cleaning and restore teaching time for each class period. The reduced density of students and faculty waiting in between classes will be maintained. We will rigorously clean classrooms three times a day and provide cleaning supplies in each classroom for individual use.
In conjunction with physical distancing and personal hygiene guidelines to minimize the spread and health risks of COVID-19, the College will employ a consistent, thorough, and deliberate cleaning strategy across all campus facilities. This strategy includes the use of hospital-grade EPA approved products for disinfecting and deep cleaning of communal areas, including bathrooms, lounges, kitchens, elevators, laundry areas, and hallways. In residence hall bathrooms and lounges, we will continue to use the same products that hospitals employ to sanitize their own facilities.
Access to cleaning supplies
As part of this strategy, it is expected that students, faculty, and staff will take responsibility for cleaning and sanitizing their own living and workspaces. Housekeeping services will focus on high-touch surfaces, such as public restrooms, handrails, tables, faucets, and doorknobs, among others.
Increase in hand sanitizer
To support increased hand washing, Marist has increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the campus in order to ensure placement at the entrance to every building, and within each classroom and laboratory space.