FOGGING THE ROOMS: HAS IT HELPED?

by Audrey Roberts/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Right before each showing of Almost Maine, played by the GCHS Drama Club, the auditorium seats were fogged.  Students brought in the machines and began to fog the auditorium, making sure to clean each and every seat to keep it clean enough for the viewers of the show.

Here at GCHS almost every room is fogged and it is known school-wide that this is due to Covid-19.  But how does this help?  What does it even do for the school and the people who work and learn here?

First, background information is needed.  GCHS decided to start fogging the rooms in the summer of 2020, to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, says 

Mr. Nate Day, business manager and food services director of Greenfield-Central Schools, said the school received guidance from the Indiana State Health Department and the CDC about hygiene and cleaning surfaces to lower the chances of spreading the coronavirus.  With this in mind, the staff of GCHS chose to fog the rooms.

Mr. Day also said that the fogging of rooms and the wearing of masks has helped decrease the spread of other illnesses such as colds and the flu.

The question of how long rooms will be fogged is up in the air and already the school is discussing it.  Mr. Day said, “At this time we will continue our daily fogging protocol, but may adjust the frequency in the future.” Dr. Harold Olin, superintendent of Greenfield-Central Schools, also said that it was still unclear what the fogging precaution would look like next year.

For Madame Amanda Brown, the French teacher, fogging the rooms seems to be ruining things like door finishes and light switches.  She also mentioned that it doesn’t help with contact tracing, which is also a big move by the school to keep everyone safe.

Alex Smith, 11, had the student perspective of seeing multiple roooms that have been fogged. Smith said, “Yes, I do think fogging the room has helped because it has kept the germs away. But if it were my choice, I would not continue fogging because the fog feels weird on the desks.”

Madame also said that she was grateful the school had planned the fogging without letting it load the teachers with more work in their already packed schedule. 

Mr. Day said, “It takes 8-10 people to fog all of the buildings in the district.  They work overnight to complete the task 5 nights per week.”

While fogging the rooms has seemed to corrode many metal appliances and metal containers such as lockers, drawers, and cabinets, it hasn’t been all bad.  Not to mention, the teachers haven’t had to fog the rooms themselves, which gives them the time they need to continue grading and changing lessons to fit the school’s schedules.  

All in all, while the fogging is being evaluated for next school year, it has helped both in comfort for the students, teachers, and parents as well as keeping illnesses from spreading.