Computers in schools

Posted on: Wed, 08/11/1999 - 9:43pm
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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

Posted on: Wed, 08/11/1999 - 9:57pm
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pWe 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!/p

Posted on: Wed, 08/11/1999 - 11:28pm
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pGreat 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.br /
Does your school have a handwashing "policy" after lunch? Is there a voluntary peanut products "ban" in the school.br /
Thanks, Carrie/p

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/1999 - 2:43am
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pOne 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./p

Posted on: Tue, 08/24/1999 - 8:09am
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pFurther 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./p

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