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With the increasing number of coronavirus cases being documented around the world, schools and educational institutions are advising staff and students of effective measures to take to minimise the risk of contracting the virus.

To reduce the risk to pupils and staff, we’ve outlined our advice for schools with cashless catering systems when practising these prevention methods.

Cleaning cashless catering equipment

The approach to cleaning cashless catering systems is simple and straightforward and includes using disposable wipes and cleaning solutions from brands such as Dettol, to clean the hardware, biometric scanners and kiosks.

These systems should be cleaned at the beginning and end of every day, alongside encouraging pupils and staff who are using the equipment and handling food, to practise effective personal hygiene methods such as thoroughly washing their hands.

Encourage pupils and staff to regularly wash their hands

Schools need to encourage students and staff to practise efficient hygiene methods for personal safety and to reduce the risk of infection.

Schools should display hand sanitiser units throughout the school and ensure that pupils and staff wash their hands with antibacterial soap and water or hand sanitiser after going to the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, and also after sporting activities, before cooking and eating and before leaving the home.

More information and guidelines from the Government and health professionals for educational settings can be found here, whilst advice on how pupils and staff can wash their hands properly can be found here.

When encouraging pupils to practise effective hygiene methods, schools need to maintain regular communication with parents to ensure these methods are being practised at home, preventing dangerous germs and bacteria from entering and/or leaving the home.

CRB Cunninghams will look after your technology

During the event of a school closure, the most important thing to do is remain safe. If the cashless systems are left running, we can look after the technology and hardware remotely and ensure that everything is running smoothly.

Teacher Tapp, the app that gathers daily information from teachers on various educational matters, recently found that 43% of secondary and 24% of primary teachers said they could figure out how to remotely broadcast a video lesson for their class in the event of a school closure. Read the full article here.

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