LIVINGSTON, La. (NBC 33/Fox 44) Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy said the district has contracted with Guarantee Restoration Services, a restoration company that managed much of the cleanup in the parish following the 2016 flood, to clean and disinfect every classroom and bus in the parish to ready them for the reopening of school on Aug. 7.
“The number one priority of the district is the safety, health and well-being of students, employees and local communities during this time of planning for reopening school,” he said.
“We have made every effort to ensure Livingston Schools will offer quality instruction and educational opportunities for all our students, no matter their individual circumstance,” Murphy said. “At the same time, we are following guidelines, working to create cleaner, safer environments and supporting healthier choices and habits to ensure our schools remain safe for everyone.”
Shawn Folks, CEO of Guarantee Restoration Services, said his team is working closely with school officials to effectively find solutions for the district’s cleaning needs.
“With the unique challenges and evolving understanding of COVID-19, we are honored to be part of a cost-effective strategy to the Livingston Parish community,” Folks said. “By using Bioesque botanical disinfectant, we are minimizing harmful chemicals being introduced into the school buildings. Additionally, we are able to ensure the health and safety of teachers, staff and students upon their return next school year.”
Assistant Superintendent Steve Parrill says an estimated 50 buildings will cleaned along with around 350 buses. He added teachers and staff are ready to have students back on campus.
“We need the kids as much as they need us. We want our children back on campus, but it has to be safe. We’re concerned about the safety of the children and adults with this virus. We’re actively hoping for a vaccine,” Parrill says.
In addition to the cleaning efforts to reopen the schools, Murphy said the district will incorporate enhanced cleaning efforts in the day-to-day routines at each school. This will include hand wiping of contact areas in classrooms and buses daily, as well as the frequent use of electrostatic sprayers to better disinfect those areas. He noted that the district invested in electrostatic sprayers last school year to minimize the spread and impact of the flu and flu-like symptoms throughout the campuses.
To learn more about reopening and cleaning plans, you can visit http://lpsb.org/.