As Fall approaches, it is time to consider how schools, libraries and other public places will meet the new guidelines for opening safely. WetKeys Washable Keyboards provides essential solutions for meeting the new protocols. WetKeys manufactures a durable, washable and waterproof ABS plastic keyboard that can withstand routine cleaning between uses; whereas, standard non-washable keyboards and mice leave faculty and students at risk and can malfunction upon routine cleaning.
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With over 13 years of experience, WetKeys Washable Keyboards has addressed the cross-contamination concerns of shared workspaces in many different environments from operating rooms, food processing plants, to laboratories, universities and schools. The Coronavirus pandemic has presented many new obstacles and challenges across every industry. The latest of these challenges is the safe re-opening of schools across the country.
There is growing concern over the negative impact prolonged absence of in-person instruction has on students. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges, “policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” While it is important to get students back in classes, the safety of the students, faculty, and staff is crucial. Schools present unique hurdles to maintaining social distancing protocols in classrooms and on buses.
There are many factors to consider when creating a safe back-to-school plan. Dr. Fauci testified on Capitol Hill, “if a school is in an area where there is a certain amount of ‘infection dynamics,’ there are some things that can be ‘creatively done’ including modifying the school’s schedule, alternating days, morning versus evening, allowing under certain circumstances, online virtual lessons.” School districts must consider how to safely get students to school and maintain safe class sizes. But there remains the question; how to ensure a safe, hygienic learning environment for the student? Even with some of these larger changes to reduce the size of classes and student populations in the building at once, computers at shared workstations have become central to the learning environment.
From lab stations with computers for data entry, library computers used to find resources and research, to computer labs, these integral teaching/learning tools are used throughout the school day by multiple users. The keyboards and mice at these workstations become an opportunity for contamination as rotating facility and students move through their school day. Without the ability to sanitize these computer peripherals, the faculty and students are exposed to potential infection.
With all the talk about back-to-school “looking different,” some things can stay the same with a few enchantments. WetKeys manufactures a durable, washable and waterproof ABS plastic keyboard that can withstand routine cleaning between uses; whereas, standard non-washable keyboards and mice leave faculty and students at risk and can malfunction upon routine cleaning. The KBWKABS104-BK washable keyboard looks and functions so similarly to other non-washable keyboards that there would be no noticeable difference. This keyboard pairs with the OMWK0C03-BK washable mouse. This is a fully sealed, silicone mouse with a touchpad scroll, which serves as a substitute to any non-washable mouse with a scroll wheel. WetKeys is also developing an ABS plastic mouse as well that should be available soon. Project Manager at WetKeys, Michael Wheeler explains success public libraries have found with the same combination of keyboard and mouse, “As states moved to re-opened over the past two months, many of our public library clients have ordered this introductory set to ensure a safe, clean environment for their local communities to continue learning, and schools could experience the same benefits in their shared classrooms and workstations.”