Some EBR teachers raise concerns about cleanliness of schools

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It’s been quite some time since teachers have been in a classroom with students. 11,656 are working from home out of 40,000.

But even as the possibility of more kids coming back becomes a reality, some teachers still don’t think the schools are ready.

“We all have a level of expectation of what we think clean is or what sanitation is, especially in covid times.” Hanible says.

And to Roshonda Hanible, that expectation hasn’t been met. She’s a teacher at Tara High School and a member of a teacher’s union. She says she worries that the schools in this parish aren’t being cleaned thoroughly. Instead she sees only doorknobs and light switches being wiped, but not much else.

Hanible’s expectation of a more intense cleaning is mirrored in Angela House, a former contracted worker for the school. She says when she cleaned, it was only on a surface level. She wiped down doorknobs and light switches with a bag of wipes and sometimes a rag, but she was only given a limited supply to use.

“With corona we can’t cross contaminate,” House says. “Which means we can’t go from one door handle or one light switch in a room with one teacher to another room with another teacher.”

House quit that job, because she felt she wasn’t cleaning the school thoroughly enough and could possibly put a student or teacher in danger.

“I couldn’t go to work any more and do that. I just couldn’t.”

On their website, EBR Schools wrote that buildings will be deep cleaned regularly on Wednesdays with continuous cleaning throughout other days of the week.

They also released a video in August addressing cleaning policies. You can watch that here:

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