The City of Bonn has completed as far as possible the hygienic preparations in its 36 secondary schools for the partial start of school, which begins on Thursday, April 23, 2020, and is organizing the further provision for the starting lessons.
Pupils in the graduating classes of the secondary schools (around 2600 in the vocational colleges and 1600 in the comprehensive, remedial, intermediate and lower secondary schools) must return to school from 23 April; the 1400 school leavers from the municipal grammar schools are free to do so. "It was certainly a great challenge for the schools to create the logistics for the distance rules," says Mayor Ashok Sridharan. "We as the school authorities were especially challenged to make hygiene possible."
The schools were continuously cleaned during the holidays. The cleaning companies were commissioned to carry out additional intensive cleaning and additional cleaning services to be provided during the year ahead of schedule, although according to hygiene experts, sufficient time has passed since the schools were closed so that no special cleaning measures would actually be necessary.
In addition, the rooms and areas (e.g. corridors) used in the now beginning school operation are cleaned daily. Special attention is paid to hand contact surfaces such as table surfaces, chairs, door handles, light switches, taps, buttons, soap dispensers, handrails, keyboards, PC mice etc.
In cooperation between the fire brigade, the school board and the municipal building management, the schools are provided with around 1,500 bottles of disinfectant printed with labels produced in-house. In addition, 100 disinfectant dispenser columns have been ordered in a first batch for the start of school operations, which will be delivered from today. Furthermore the stock of soap and paper towel dispensers was checked. The initial equipment has been taken care of; regular refilling is currently being organised. Furthermore, the hand basins in the schools have been equipped with soap and towels.