Lafayette Schools ready to deep clean for any germs

The Lafayette School Corporation is ready to deep clean. All 13 schools are off for at least the next three weeks amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 11:18 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Lafayette School Corporation is ready to deep clean.

All 13 schools are off for at least the next three weeks amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

LSC Superintendent Les Huddle said this time is crucial to kill any germs that could be in the schools.

He said the custodial staff will be tremendous help.

"We have literally three weeks without staff and students," said Huddle.

Staff and students are not allowed in Lafayette schools for the time being.

"So our maintenance crew will be going through buildings, do what we call deep cleaning," said Huddle.

Deep cleaning is more than just a normal cleaning.

There are different products and different disinfectants made to kill germs like Coronavirus, which will lower the risk of it spreading.

Huddle said the 13 schools in the corporation have had to deep clean before.

For example if a student may have contracted measles or mumps.

"Our maintenance crew and custodians are trained on this like on how to do some deep cleaning," said Huddle.

The deep cleaning does not include fumigation.

Huddle said companies supplying the machine are sold out.

He said that's no big deal since he has allowed his custodial staff to work overtime to get the job done.

"It's not brand new to us," said Huddle. "It's just we will be doing it on a more massive scale. This deep clean is not a one time event. It is ongoing."

It will be ongoing through the next three weeks and even when students return.

Huddle said any place that somebody could touch will be cleaned.

This involves disinfecting anything that could be a health hazard.

"The deep clean we are talking about now is not removing all the desks and taking the dust and dirt out of the room," said Huddle. "This is a deep clean for potential health infections."

Huddle said the deep cleaning is starting as soon as possible.

He said he is working with the other school corporations as well.

News 18 will follow up and see if we can see how a deep clean looks and works. 

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