Toolkit: How to Talk to Your Child’s School About Safer Disinfectants

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Keeping kids safe and healthy at school is a top priority for educators, administrators, and — of course — parents and guardians. But while teachers prioritize the health of our students, unfortunately many of the disinfecting products used at our schools often contain harmful chemicals that can actually put children’s health at risk. Thankfully, there are numerous products that are safer and just as effective (or more so) at killing bacteria and viruses — including COVID-19.

WVE is incredibly concerned about the premature opening of our communities — including our schools — without the leadership, guidance or the funding to ensure this opening is done safely and consistently to protect the health and livelihood of people no matter where they live, who they are, or how they work. But as schools begin discussions about re-opening, the topic of health and safety also needs to include preventing exposures to toxic chemicals, particularly in regards to the overuse and misuse of disinfectants. Safer products are not just important for children and teachers, they are a necessity for protecting the health of workers who are routinely exposed to these products on a daily basis.

This toolkit is designed to help start the conversation with your children’s caregivers, educators and school administrators about harmful cleaners and disinfectants — while also providing helpful resources, sensible solutions and best-practice protocols that will reduce exposures to toxic chemicals, and help keep not only our kids, but our educators and the hard working people who clean our schools, healthy and safe.

A look inside:

  • Sample email to school administrators regarding safer disinfectants
  • Prioritizing hand-washing protocol
  • Health concerns linked to toxic “quats” in disinfectants
  • Using disinfectants safely and effectively
  • Safer Disinfectants: EPA-certified disinfectants to use against COVID-19

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Additional Resources

Fact Sheets & Infographics
WVE Fact Sheet on Dangers of Quats with Citations to Scientific Studies

Infographic: Safer Cleaning & Disinfecting at home in the times of Coronavirus
Infografía: Desinfectantes mas seguros en la casa en estos tiempos de Coronavirus

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