Students wipe out Coronavirus germs on high touch surfaces


The school has decided to use alcohol wipes to sanitize high touch surfaces this year because using these alcohol wipes can help to stop the spread of sickness. Each student is asked to use two wipes to clean the desk area that they used that period for each period of the day.

“The Licking County Health Department wanted us to clean high touch surfaces at least once a day,” Principal Matt Durst said

The school uses around 8,000 wipes per day, and over 42,000 wipes per school week. With wipe refills holding 160, wipes that means that the school uses roughly 262 wipe refills a week or 52 wipe refill packages per day.

So far the school has been able to use federal funds for anything COVID-19 related, so the price of these wipes has not effected the school’s budget directly, though it is worth noting that each wipe container costs around $20 to refill.

“We found that the Maxill brand wipes best met the criteria we needed for dwell time (3-5 minutes), ease of use, cost, and availability, “We are continually researching disinfectants to find the best approach for our schools.” Said Mrs. Sherburne when asked why the Maxill brand of wipes was chosen

The school knows that searching for a greener solution to this problem is a must, both biology teacher Joshua Levine and environmental teacher Jim Reding said that the school must find a way to cut down on all the wipe waste, and that this should be a goal for the near future.

The science teachers Joshua Levine and Jennifer Newell of Granville developed and executed a scientific study to before students had returned from summer break. Joshua Levine wanted to find out what the most efficient and effective way to clean the desks was.

“Reading the indicated use of the wipes on the bottle. Because coronavirus is new we went with the 3 minute kill time because it is a conservative guess,” said Joshua Levine