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Every Fort Worth School Is Getting A Deep Clean. Here's How It Works.

These days, people responding to the coronavirus outbreak are talking not just about cleaning, but deep cleaning. 

It’s scrubbing day at John T. White Leadership Academy, one of the 143 schools in the Fort Worth district. Kids are off this week for spring break, so White and every school is getting a coronavirus deep clean using industrial-strength disinfectant liquids and sprays, including Alpha HP, Lysol and bleach.

On a normal day, “the custodians will get those high-touch areas that children are exposed to, such as water fountains, bathrooms, doorknobs, tabletops in the cafeteria or their classrooms” said Fort Worth district spokesman Clint Bond. "This is more than that.”

The deep clean means the ceiling and wall vents are getting scrubbed.

“This is where less touching by children is more likely to occur,” Bond said. “So we want to make sure this is better than what they get on a daily basis.”

He said this deeper clean will happen about once a week in addition to the daily scrub. It’s all taking more money and resources.

“When you have six to eight people, it’ll take at least half a day,” Bond said. 

Fort Worth students are expected to come back from spring break this coming Monday.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.