Following COVID-19 protocols ‘is key’ to keeping preschool open in Phoenix

AHWATUKEE, AZ — Children of Hope Preschool in Ahwatukee has managed to stay open during this entire school year.

“We were all really concerned, we didn’t know what the school year would like,” said Lynn Hockenberger, the preschool’s director for the past 14 years.

A big part of keeping her school open has been the robust and added disinfection provided by Open Works, a local company that provides cleaning and disinfecting services to the school.

“We put a focal point on touch points. So we added in disinfection to more of like cleaning for disinfection versus cleaning for visual aspect,” said Mary Torrado, a regional manager for Open Works.

Torrado said the focus are things like door knobs, countertops, sinks, drawers, computer keyboards and arm rests on chairs. Those are areas touched by many people throughout the day.

“Because while we are separating individuals from person to person contact, there’s always person to point contact and someone else touches that same point and could have contaminated the area,” added Torrado.

Open Works has added Electrostatic Spraying to the protocol at Children of Hope. The spray provides a blanket disinfectant that doesn’t just fall to the ground after spraying, but instead it blankets and wraps around surfaces, providing one more step of disinfection.

“It’s another safety measure that we are putting in place eliminating human error in that key component”

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