Computers in schools - Peanut Allergy Information

Computers in schools

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I have read a lot of great suggestions for managing peanuts allergies in school. One place where I haven't found any info is about computer terminals. In our school, all the grades use the same "lab" of terminals all throughout the day. I feel there is a great risk of exposure from kids returning from lunch etc. While asking all classes to wash there hands before using the computers is a good practice, in a 600+ student school it is next to impossible to have 100% compliance. What other steps could I take to keep the computers safe? Would wiping down with alcohol wipes work? I know bleach is the best but I'm not sure how to get it implemented. Thanks, Bridget

On Aug 12, 1999

We covered this one in my son's 504 plan for the upcoming school year. Two computer terminals will be "peanut free" for all grades, and a box of wipes will be placed next to each of these computers. Anyone (in any grade) planning to use these two terminals must wet-wipe their hands prior to use. Most schools have multiple terminals. This is a pretty easy request to implement!

On Aug 12, 1999

Great idea, Laura. Being a teacher, I have thought about this many times and thought I would address this next year when he goes to kindergarten. Does your school have a handwashing "policy" after lunch? Is there a voluntary peanut products "ban" in the school. Thanks, Carrie

On Aug 12, 1999

One other thing you might consider is getting a cover. There are some companies that make a form fitting keyboard covers designed for the particular brand. This allows you to type with the cover on. I never seen one for a mouse though, however a mouse is far easier to scrub than a keyboard.

On Aug 24, 1999

Further to Greg's suggestion of getting a keyboard cover have one that your child can carry with them to the computer lab therefor ensuring that no one else uses it and then if won't become contaminated.