The Regional Manager and Direct Service Team will oversee and ensure that daily and weekly sanitation of the classroom will occur.
Because the EHS program includes infants and toddlers, there are additional procedures appended to this policy for EHS settings.
The janitorial service is responsible for the general cleaning of classrooms and bathrooms at the end of each day. However, in the event that it appears that the classroom/bathroom has not been thoroughly cleaned/sanitized, Direct Service Teams (DSTs) are responsible for ensuring that sanitation of the classroom and bathrooms occur prior to children entering the classroom each day. Concerns about inadequate cleaning by the janitorial staff should be reported to the Regional Manager.
Staff members are expected to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions posted on the label and in the MSDS notebook to insure that they have full understanding of proper use of any cleaning supplies used in Head Start facilities. They should also contact their Regional Manager if they feel that they need further training or have any questions about proper procedure.
- Toys that cannot be washed, sanitized or laundered shall not be used in EHS settings.
- Mouthed Toys used in EHS settings should be designed to enable them to be thoroughly disinfected in the sanitizing dishwasher. For any toys that can not be placed in the sanitizing dishwasher, item must be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water, and then sanitized with food safe sanitizer J-512. Items should then be allowed to air dry for a minimum of ten minutes.
- Cloth toys should be laundered in washing machine at least monthly, and more frequently dependent on use. If they cannot be laundered in washing machine, they must be washed in warm soapy water for at least 1 minute and allowed to air dry.
- Infant Feeding Chair safety straps must be washed and sanitized weekly and as needed. If plastic seat insert can be removed for cleaning, it should be run through the sanitizing dishwasher.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR Section1304.22.
It has been approved by Policy Council: June 1997. May 2010
Updated August 2002. May 2010. February 2016. August 2016
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