Government increases hygiene support for schools

24 Mar 2020
Government increases hygiene support for schools

Contract cleaning of South Australian government schools has been significantly increased – including the potential for cleans during the day – as part of an additional $5 million investment to boost hygiene in the wake of the coronavirus.

Extra supplies of sanitising gels, soap, toilet paper, paper towels and other hygiene products are also being delivered to public schools across the state, and a new dedicated supply and distribution team has been set up within the Education Department to help coordinate the effort and ensure no school is left without.

Premier Steven Marshall said the health and welfare of all South Australians was the Government’s top priority and practising proper hygiene was a key weapon in limiting the spread of the disease.

“We know that the health experts advise that washing hands and practising good hygiene is one of the best ways to limit the spread of coronavirus,” said Premier Marshall.

“Our schools and early childhood facilities are essential services in this time of national need, and we will continue to support them in every way we can.

“We are continuing to follow the advice of the State’s leading medical experts to roll out a strong plan to respond to this challenging time, and we hope these additional measures will provide greater comfort to parents, staff and students.”

Daily centralised order and distribution has begun, with orders already having gone to sites that have indicated a shortage.

Further supplies are arriving this morning as well as later in the week.

Social distancing practices have already been introduced in schools, including staggering recess and lunch breaks (in larger schools) and cancelling larger static gatherings such as assemblies.

Education Minister John Gardner said the investment would ensure that schools have access to supplies that are in unprecedented demand.

“We’re working with wholesalers and other government agencies to source hygiene supplies for our schools and preschools,” said Minister Gardner.

“In areas where the unprecedented demand has disrupted supply, we are stepping in to fill the gap. 

“The dedicated supply and distribution team will source and deliver the hand sanitisers, soaps and toilet paper wherever they are needed.”