Cleaning and Disinfecting School Technology Devices

General Guidelines during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Limit or avoid shared equipment within the group
  • Consider an alternative activity that still addresses the same standard(s)
  • All shared equipment needs to be disinfected between uses
  • Clean and disinfect any highly touched surfaces
  • Have students sanitize their hands before, during, and after using technology
  • Wear masks and implement social distancing guidelines when using technology

Ultra-Violet (UV) Considerations

The preferred methods of cleaning each type of device is given in the sections below. If a school is considering using a UV device to disinfect technology equipment, please ensure that you include the following in your selection process:

  • Wand-style UV devices are not approved for use in schools because of the safety risks in student exposure to harmful UV levels
  • UV devices should only be operated by adults
  • UV devices should be UL (Underwriter Laboratories) listed
  • Any UV device should fully protect users from light emissions and should include a safety mechanism to either lock the chamber or deactivate the UV light should the cabinet be opened mid-cycle
  • Because UV light can damage some materials, it is not recommended for use with items that are listed below
  • Remember that UV light can only disinfect visible surfaces and is not a replacement for regular cleaning
  • It is important to clean off surface dirt with a soft cloth before using a UV device
  • For questions about safety, please contact the district’s Risk Management office prior to purchase

iPads

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe
    • Squeeze the disinfecting wipe so that it’s nearly dry
    • If necessary, squeeze inside a paper towel to remove all excess moisture
  • Be careful not to get any liquid inside the ports
  • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used
    • Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the device
  • Discourage the sharing of devices that are individually assigned
  • For shared devices at the elementary level, encourage students to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer both before and after using a shared device

Desktop and Laptop Computers (including Chrome Devices)

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Power down the computer or unplug the keyboard and mouse
  • Use a sanitizing wipe that is squeezed nearly dry to clean the keyboard, mouse, and case
    • If necessary, squeeze the disinfecting wipe inside a paper towel to remove all excess moisture
  • Be very careful not to get any liquid in the ports or dripping down into the keyboard
  • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used
    • Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the keyboard, mouse or in ports
  • Do not use a sanitizing wipe on the screen itself as this may damage the finish
  • Encourage students to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer both before and after using a shared computer or Chromebook.

Headphones

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Encourage the use of headphones and earbuds that are student provided from the school supply list
  • For shared headphones encourage students to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer both before and after using
  • Use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe
    • Squeeze the disinfecting wipe so that it’s nearly dry
    • If necessary, squeeze inside a paper towel to remove all excess moisture
  • Be careful not to get any liquid inside the ports
  • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used. Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the device

Konica Printers

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Sanitize hands prior to using the device
  • Clean and disinfect any highly touched surfaces such as the touch screen
  • Wear masks and implement social distancing guidelines when using the devices
  • Power off unit prior to full cleaning
  • Use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, or a Disinfecting Wipe
    • DO NOT use any wipe that contains bleach or ammonia
    • Squeeze the disinfecting wipe so that it’s nearly dry
    • If necessary, squeeze inside a paper towel to remove all excess moisture
  • Be careful to not let any liquid drip on or into the machine
  • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used
    • DO NOT use any products that contain bleach or ammonia
    • Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the device
  • As an alternate to using the touch screen, each Konica printer comes with a stylus (located behind the control screen) that can operate the touch screen
    • This stylus can then be cleaned/disinfected with any type of safe disinfecting product

ClassVR Headsets

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer before handling the ClassVR headsets or cases
  • Allow student to collect headsets one at a time
  • During the lesson ensure students maintain an adequate social distance from one another and remain at their desks
  • Use an antibacterial wipe to clean the padding, straps and lenses of each headset before returning them to the charging case
    • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used
    • Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the device
  • Once you are finished, wash or sanitize your hands again

Robotics

  • Follow the general guidelines above
  • Consider creating individual equipment kits for students to use
    • Bag and quarantine kits for 72 hours after individual students return them
  • Cleaning suggestions for electronic components:
    • micro:bit recommendations: 70% isopropyl/ethanol solution and cotton swabs or wipes
      • You should disconnect the battery or power supply and use the wipe or swab to gently clean the surface of the board
    • Use a sanitizing wipe that is squeezed nearly dry to clean electronic components
      • If necessary, squeeze the disinfecting wipe inside a paper towel to remove all excess moisture
    • Be careful not to get any liquid inside the ports
    • As an alternate, a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product can be used
      • Be sure not to spray cleaner directly on the components
    • Do not use a sanitizing wipe on a cortex screen itself as this may damage the finish
  • Cleaning suggestions for non-electronic components:
    • Use a sanitizing wipe that is squeezed nearly dry or a soft cloth sprayed with a cleaning product
    • Place all components out on a covered surface
    • Spray liberally with a cleaning solution
    • Let parts sit and allow the solution to dry on its own
  • Consider having students specialize by skill during build sessions to minimize sharing of equipment
  • Example for robotics:
    • Programmer
    • Builder
    • Driver
    • Documenter

More Cleaning Tips from Apple

VEX Robotics Equipment Cleaning Guidelines

micro:bit Cleaning Guide