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COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools

This template collection is for elementary, middle or high schools reopening, either partially or fully, post COVID-19. It contains recommendations to take to protect students and staff. This template collection has six templates.

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6 checklists


Updated 1 month ago

CSV format

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Administrative Practices

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Cafeteria Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Clean, Sanitize, & Ventilate

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Limit Sharing

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Maintain Health & Hygiene

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Reopening K-12 Schools_ Manage Student & Staff Health

Who is this Collection for?

This checklist is for elementary, middle or high schools reopening, either partially or fully, post COVID-19. It contains recommendations to take to protect students and staff.

After seeing the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, parents are bound to be more weary of what they expose their children to. Now more than ever school facilities have to be clean and trustworthy. With the communal nature of schools and their functions as both group education and recreational spaces, sanitation is extremely important to protect these densely gathered populations on a daily basis. That’s why school administrators must be thorough in their approach to reopening safely.

With so many daily functions requiring group interaction and shared facilities, school employees really have to be up to the task of cleaning frequently. This means sanitizing high touch surfaces between group activities, recreation, meals, and other daily functions. Having a system in place will definitely help school workers to keep up with cleaning as well as other duties. Regular communication and guidance are the key to reopening successfully and maintaining strong relationships with parents.

Why is this Collection important?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the globe. The entire human race has suffered a loss, not necessarily just a loss of material, but a loss of a lifestyle. In consequence, many businesses, teams, and stakeholders have been hit hard. Educational services are no exception, and have been in fact especially affected by the pandemic. It is important that we come together to create and improve upon plans for these spaces to thrive once again.

How should I use this collection?

This collection should be utilized as a foundational/base guideline for the purpose it covers. In this case for: cleaning and disinfecting practices to implement before peak hours and throughout the day as needed to protect employees and customers from COVID-19.

Again, it’s important to note that the templates here should not be your single source for truth. The pandemic is an ever changing landscape. Please consult your team, your state health departments, and other reliable sources to keep up to date with standards and procedures.

How do I upload this into my UpKeep account?

These templates you’ll be able to download below will function as a “Checklists” on UpKeep. Checklists allow you to quickly reuse specific Task Items in work orders. Most commonly, these are used for inspections where you have a list of subtasks or checklist items that you’d like to include as part of a work order.

*It’s important to note that you would need to be an “Admin” user on UpKeep to be able to perform this upload.

With the templates provided here, it’s a simple one, two, step!

  1. Download one of the (.csv formatted) templates above.
  2. Upload the template onto UpKeep


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Can I use this collection even if I don’t have UpKeep?

The short answer is “yes”! We are aiming to provide as much value as possible, especially during this pandemic. You can find the PDF versions of these templates here.

Feel free to print them out and utilize them!

What if I don’t need one of the templates in the collection?

The templates in this collection are separated and categorized. Go ahead and take a look at each of the template titles individually and decide which ones are needed by your team and which ones are not!

What if I want to change or delete a task item from a template?

Once you finish uploading a template into your account, you can easily change the task item name, type, or even delete a line item all together.

It is important to note that you must make these adjustments BEFORE assigning the checklist to work orders — because you won’t be able to edit them after assigning. We have this safeguard in place for the UpKeep system to ensure that no one accidentally changes a template/checklist that is essential to a work order that already exists for your team.

To reiterate however, you cannot edit a checklist that has been previously used via the main checklist, since the system will protect the historical integrity of the work orders associated w/ that checklist

Optionally, you can make tiny edits of which task you do or do not want included when adding to a Work Order itself (this doesn’t edit the actual checklist, but is an option to allow our customers to make crucial, specific adjustments when needed).

Index of Terminology & Definitions in this Collection:

Cleaning: Removal of dirt and debris, grease, and other pollutants, not to be confused with
sanitization. The CDC recommends routine cleaning of high-volume spaces where surfaces are frequently touched.

Contamination: the presence of unwanted materials during manufacturing and transportation.
The 3 types of contamination are biological, physical, and chemical.

Disinfection/Sanitization: The use of chemicals during surface cleaning to kill germs. Cleaners
that can be used for general disinfection are: bleach solutions, solutions containing 70% alcohol or more, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine.

Feedback: information received by individuals and businesses about their product or service,
which is used as a basis for improvement. Feedback can be positive or negative.

Pre-screening: COVID-19 pre-screening is typically a series of questions regarding symptoms
followed by a temperature check, performed prior to entering a building. A pre-screening process might be implemented by administrators to proactively isolate and identify employees and children with COVID-19 symptoms. If anyone appears to have symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should be immediately separated from others and sent home. Some administrators might require that symptomatic employees test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work. This protects both the infected party and anyone they may come into contact with while at work.

PPE: Personal protective equipment, worn to limit exposure to health hazards.

Workplace Safety: The working environment at a company. This includes all factors that impact
the safety, health, and well-being of employees. This can include environmental hazards, unsafe working conditions or processes, drug and alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

Social distancing: COVID-19 is mainly spread from person-to-person, between people who are
within roughly 6 feet of each other, through respiratory droplets from speaking, sneezing, or coughing.

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