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Competing priorities, urgent demands

  • Caretakers and administrators need practical solutions they can implement with available funding
  • Teachers need to be protected from infectious diseases
  • Parents need classes to stay open and operate safely
  • Equality in outcomes—no student / school / district / community left behind

Schools face challenges to ensure safe return to in-person instruction

HVAC upgrades for improved ventilation

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Social distancing and mask protocols

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Significantly increased handwashing

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But available funding is difficult to deploy efficiently

The New Normal in Hand Hygiene

is possible today

High-impact, modular facilities are being implemented at scale, in a matter of weeks.

Next-generation sinks allow facilities managers to implement CDC guidance for improved handwashing with little-to-no capital investment.

Low-capital, low-risk

A pre-k with 50 children could be fully prepared for less than $500.

An elementary school with 15 classrooms would be fully upgraded with durable handwashing stations for less than $3,000.

Even large schools can complement existing infrastructure using next generation sinks while budgeting less than $5,000.

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Sinks beyond the bathroom

It’s not enough to provide sinks only in bathrooms. Why? Because it’s not enough to wash hands only after using the toilet. 

Safety requires hand washing in more places and more times. Pioneering organisations are changing where sinks are placed to ensure hygiene compliance throughout the day at vital locations like building entrances, common areas, dining areas and classrooms.

We depended on hand sanitizer in 2020

During the height of the pandemic, schools across the country did a great job making hand hygiene possible by providing sanitizer. Sanitizers were needed in HUGE quantities because sinks weren’t present where needed.

With next-generation sinks, a durable solution is now possible.

How durable? HappyTap comes with a 5-year warranty.

Funding

The DOE has awarded funds to SEA to enable LEAs (including many charter schools) to respond to COVID-19. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund—including the CARES & CRRSA ESSER and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER—and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund may be used to support these efforts in pre-K through 12.

LEAs must demonstrate: 
- how its plan will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff; and
- the extent to which it has adopted policies on each of the prevention and mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC

IMPLEMENT THE NEW HYGIENE POLICIES

For background information of the funds, visit ARP ESSER, CARES & CRRSA ESSER, & GEER

Guidance

People must wash hands and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading infectious illnesses, including COVID-19. 

Schools should monitor and reinforce these behaviors, and:

  • provide adequate handwashing supplies;
  • teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water
  • remind everyone in the facility to wash hands frequently and assist young children with handwashing

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“Hand sanitizers must be stored up, away, and out of sight of young children and should be used only with adult supervision for children under 6 years of age”

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Any LEA that receives ARP ESSER funds must develop a plan for safe return to in-person instruction and make it publicly available on their website within 30 days.The plan must describe how the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the prevention and mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC, including improving handwashing etiquette.

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Next-generation sinks need to be...

... pleasant, safe & effective

81% of people worldwide aren’t cleaning their hands regularly because it’s inconvenient and unpleasant.

Sinks need to be a delight to use, conveniently located, and pose no risk of children ingesting alcohol sanitizer or suffering chemical burns in their eyes.

...high impact, modular facilities

Convenient sinks help bring handwashing behaviour to life. Real impact.

Modular design and configurability make deployment possible in record time.

… flexible and affordable

Piped sinks are rigid and unmoveable, unable to adapt to the needs of people and their environment.

Next generation sinks must be able to serve multiple, high-demand locations - from the classroom to the playground, or from the waiting room to the triage area.

HappyTap - Fast. Practical. Results

Next generation sinks are eligible for funding as handwashing supplies to implement the CDC recommendations. They are ideal to:

  • enable access for individuals with disabilities
  • help principals address the needs of their individual schools
  • improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs
  • improve training and professional development for LEA staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
  • maintenance of equity for high-poverty schools

Avoid construction by using ready supplies

Simple: schools need to offer handwashing sinks in every classroom

Complicated: retrofitting spaces with water pipes and drainage

The U.S. Department of Education officially discourages LEAs from using ESSER and GEER funds for construction because it may limit an LEA’s ability to support other essential needs. Remodeling, renovation, and new construction are often time-consuming, which may not be workable under the shorter timelines associated with ESSER and GEER funds.

Using these funds to install piped sinks requires prior written approval from an LEA’s Governor or SEA.

It would also have to comply with Davis-Bacon, 34 CFR §§ 76.600, and 75.600-75.618, which in turn require various assessments, including environmental impact, wages of workers, historic preservation, title and right of access, public advertising market bidding, and financial and economic assessments. Compliance is also required with OMB Standard Forms 24B and D.

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The new normal for hygiene

Putting handwashing within reach
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