COVID precautions costly for Ohio schools – News – The Columbus Dispatch

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Ohio school districts are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more this year on cleaning supplies, additional personnel and technology to deal with the coronavirus.

Moving quickly from desk to desk, head custodian John Phelps directed the nozzle of his electrostatic backpack sprayer toward an empty student chair.

With a squeeze, a burst of the electrically charged disinfectant coated the back rest and began working to destroy hidden germs.

Phelps then made his way along the classroom walls, targeting the handles on the cabinets, the ledge of the whiteboard, the light switches and anywhere else Glenwood Intermediate student fingers may have touched earlier that day. He was finished in roughly 2 minutes.

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Without the backpack sprayer, Phelps and the Plain Local School District’s other evening custodians would have been pumping spray bottles by hand to disinfect every

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