Lindenwood University will continue to take the necessary precautions when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting the spaces used by our students, faculty and staff. Here are the steps we're taking at the University to clean and sanitize all of our locations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
What are we doing to keep our University clean?
WFF Cleaning Services manages the university’s cleaning needs. WFF is a national company that specializes in higher education cleaning and provides services for many schools in the St. Louis region. Each cleaning will be followed by an application of disinfectants, using an electrostatic fogger. Bactericidal and virucidal commercial cleaners are used regularly by the cleaning contractors. High-touch points like handrails, door handles and light switches are receiving increased attention.
What is an electrostatic fogging or spraying? Is it safe around electronics?
This cleaning equipment allows WFF employees and Facilities Department employees to spray a specific disinfectant in any room that will kill the COVID-19 virus and other viruses. This fogging equipment will be used when the Operations Department is notified of specific areas a confirmed COVID-19 positive person has traversed. The room must be vacated before spraying. Once the room has been sprayed, an additional 10 to 15 minutes must be allowed to let the chemical dry on surfaces. Electronics and other sensitive items identified by personnel will not be directly sprayed.
What happens as people return to the University?
Cleaning and sanitizing of campus facilities will take place this summer. EPA-registered products as recommended in the CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines are being used. As employees return to work, they will be asked to sanitize their own electronic equipment, which includes their telephone, computer, keyboard, monitor and mouse / mousepad. They are encouraged to wash any personal items like coffee mugs that have been left out. The Facilities Department will provide cleaning supplies to departments upon request so employees can disinfect their workspaces. Every employee will be responsible for assuring their workspace is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
WFF personnel will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in public spaces including but not limited to building entrances, door handles, lobby furniture, stair handrails, elevator buttons, vending machines, light switches and restroom surfaces and fixtures in all academic and administrative buildings. A deep cleaning of all classrooms each morning before classes begin. The residential hall common areas and community restrooms will be cleaned during the day. Students are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their assigned living spaces and shared restrooms.
Do I need to wipe down the area after the electrostatic fogger/sprayer is used?
No. The commercial disinfectant used does not require rinsing or wiping after application. Personnel are encouraged to wash any personal items such as coffee mugs prior to use.
What cleaning products are being used to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces?
Cleaning staff use CDC/Environmental Protection Agency recommended cleaning products according to CDC guidelines. All WFF cleaning staff received extensive training in the appropriate and effective use of these products and are provided with PPE appropriate to their job.
How can University faculty and staff keep shared workspaces clean and safe?
Employees should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use. These include shared-space equipment such as copiers and printers, desks and tables, light switches, door handles, coffee makers and break room tables and appliance doors. EPA registered cleaning solutions are available upon request.
Every classroom on campus and at extension sites will continue to have a large bottle of hand sanitizer which contains 80% alcohol and paper towels or alcohol wipes. Faculty should encourage students to wipe down their chair and table/desk before each class period. Plexiglass shields are available for faculty use.
Alcohol wipes will be placed in each computer lab. Students and employees should use a single wipe on the keyboard and mouse after each use.
What other resources are available to assist students, faculty, and staff to reduce the spread of the virus?
Students and employees may check their temperature at any academic/administrative building or at the Spellmann Center and Evans Commons Dining Halls. Infrared monitors are located near the entrances of these buildings and will read an individual’s temperature within seconds of standing in front of the monitor.
Hand sanitizing stations are located within all academic buildings. Hand sanitizing stations should NOT take the place of properly washing your hands with soap and water on a frequent basis.
If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, close off the area used by that person and notify the proper supervisor. If the work area is an office, the door should be closed, and no one should go into the office until the employee returns. This will allow the virus to die on surfaces. The employee can wipe down the office upon their return. Should the infected employee work in an open area that cannot be closed off, the Operations Department should be notified to arrange specialized cleaning to disinfect the area exposed to COVID-19. The specialized cleaning is only required in instances of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Are campus residence halls being cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of students to campus?
Yes, student housing including residence halls and houses are cleaned and disinfected prior to student move-in, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizing stations are located within all residential halls. Hand sanitizing stations should NOT take the place of properly washing your hands with soap and water on a frequent basis.
Should I be concerned about COVID-19 exposure from transmission through campus building HVAC systems?
Current CDC guidance does not identify HVAC systems as a means of transmission, but does provide recommendations related to indoor air quality, including fresh air ventilation and air filtration.
Does my campus building have adequate fresh/outdoor air ventilation?
Most buildings on campus are supplied with fresh air through the HVAC system. Fresh air requirements are based on occupant density and space function, and campus buildings are designed to minimum ventilation rates as established by the mechanical codes. There are a few buildings remaining on campus that have limited or no fresh/outdoor air ventilation. The University installed GPS bipolar ionization technology systems within these buildings. This technology attacks and kills viruses, mold spores and bacteria. The ions steal away hydrogen from the pathogens, leaving them to die, and leaving the building with clean and healthy indoor air. Additional GPS systems were installed in the Scheidegger Center, Spellmann Center, and Evans Commons over the summer.
Is it possible to increase the outside air ventilation in my building?
Many campus building systems are designed to increase outside air ventilation during favorable weather conditions, which typically occur during the milder spring and fall seasons. The ability to increase outside air ventilation is limited in some of our buildings during summer and winter months due to the capacity of the building HVAC systems. The University and TRANE outside contractors inspect the building ventilation systems for proper operation and will seek ways to increase outside air ventilation when appropriate and as weather conditions allow. Building occupants should not open windows, as this can increase the load on HVAC systems and/or create uncomfortable or unfavorable building conditions including introduction of mold and allergens into the buildings.
Can departments continue to place maintenance work orders through FAMIS?
Yes, the Facilities Department continues to respond to all FAMIS work order requests. Please be patient as the Facilities Department staff prioritize safety requests first. Safety issues requiring immediate attention (i.e. disinfecting requests due to a positive COVID-19 test) should be directed to Campus Operations immediately by contacting Joyce Norman, 636-949-4922.
Is it safe to use the water fountains?
The water fountains that include bottle fillers will be available to fill bottles. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to academic and administrative buildings.