D65 Personnel, Building and Grounds, Finance Committee hears updates

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The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Education Center at 1500 McDaniel Ave. The District 65 Personnel, Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committee heard COVID-19 mitigation updates on Monday.

Evanston/Skokie 65 School District Staff, Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committee met on Monday to hear updates from facilities on COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Tierre Brunson, director of buildings and grounds for District 65, said the district has placed an order for 20,000 KN95 masks for adults and 20,000 children.

Brunson said the shipment arrived on January 14. His team formed a distribution plan serving all schools in the district. The district’s goal is for all students, adults and staff to have access to KN95s, according to its presentation slides at the meeting.

“We’re really diligent about staying on top of the research to make sure we’re providing all the mitigations, all the support, and whatever else is needed to make sure we’re safe,” Brunson said.

Brunson said the district will continue to ensure deep cleaning continues at all facilities.

As students returned to school this semester, Brunson said District 65 has increased its daily cleaning protocols in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention Guidelines. Each building also has two newly purchased electrostatic disinfection machines, which will be used to clean bathrooms, carpets and other surfaces. Particular attention will be paid to frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and classroom desks and chairs.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic,” Brunson said. “Our top priority is to make sure that the facilities are safe, that the facilities are sanitized (and) that they are clean and that they are prepared.”

In December, the district renovated bathrooms at Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Education Center and repaired windows at Orrington Elementary School, Brunson said. District 65’s maintenance plans include routine checks on building equipment and preparation for cold winter days.

Brunson said District 65 completed building safety inspections at all schools in December. The district then conducted a safety audit and found the need for updated evacuation maps.

Out of accountability, Brunson said each building’s lead custodian will ensure custodial staff follow updated cleaning checklists.

District 65 Board Member and Committee Chair Joseph Hailpern said everyone – regardless of staff position – has a responsibility to ensure a safe environment at school.

“Right now, we need everyone’s leadership to take care of business,” Hailpern said. “Especially when it comes to cleaning buildings, that responsibility and intrinsic motivation to get the job done is really important.”

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