Leander ISD taking steps to reduce virus, germ transmission in schools

(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)
(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

(Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)

Note: This story has been updated with the costs for the extra sanitation equipment.

To address public concern over coronavirus, Leander ISD is taking extra steps to address the spread of viruses and germs, according to LISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell.

"The custodial staff is using disinfecting wipes to disinfect the high-touch point areas, such as door knobs, light switches, hand rails, etc.," Mitchell said in an email.

Custodial staff is also using electrostatic sprayers, which electrically charge a disinfectant liquid to improve coating ability, to clean classrooms "identified by the nurse as a priority, based on daily information about the health of our students," Mitchell said. The spraying is occurring after school.

Maintenance is also repairing broken hand soap dispensers in bathrooms as quickly as possible, he said.

Mitchell said he is not aware of any additional funds that have been needed for the added steps.

The additional disinfecting wipes and liquids cost $4,164, according to Mitchell. LISD has also invested $5,405.38 to purchase backpack electrostatic sprayers. Both totals will be paid by the custodial budget, according to Mitchell.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in LISD, which enrolls more than 41,000 students, according to the district.

Students and staff will be on spring break March 16-20, with educators returning March 23 and students back March 24.