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Our school uses Foss Kits for Science and I was told when students return, we will need to sanitize all items before and after each use. This doesn’t seem possible in a middle school setting where each period has a 4 minute break and 25 students in each period. What do you do in your classroom to minimize the amount of work needed to clean and sanitize items. I don’t want to short change the students’ hands-on experiences.

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I have each student sanitize their stations and materials before the may leave

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Makes sense, I’m probably over thinking the solutions

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I do not have sinks in my 120 year old lab so the students use wipes on their hands

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Honestly, I was told this last year and I told administration that that was a ridiculous expectation and had the kids do virtual and at-home labs all year. It wasn't optimal, but neither is being sued/reprimanded because the kids didn't do a decent job of cleaning and/or someone had a bad reaction to the spray/wipes. That said, at the moment there's not much evidence that COVID-19 spreads through contact with surfaces as opposed to breathing in airborne particles, so enforcing mask wearing in labs is probably more important than cleaning every surface multiple times per day.

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Great answer, I don’t really like virtual labs but during the pandemic, it was better than no labs. Now that students are returning, I didn’t want I deprive them of real labs. I spoke to my principal and we will be using hand sanitizer after using the equipment. Problem solved

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Hopefully herd immunity will take affect as of right now COVID is once again on the rise

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What about having kids wash their hands before and after contact?

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I would like to do that but imagine how much water and paper towels would be used. I’m not making up excuses, but we’re talking about labs every period, multiple times a week. The answer is using multiple sources, hand washing, sanitizing wipes, alcohol, and gloves and lots of elbow grease.

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