8. Parents’ lack of confidence in the safety of school grounds
Except for Victoria and Tasmania, public schools in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory have begun a return to face-to-face learning.
For independent schools, the Federal Government has stated it would withhold funding if they do not re-open their doors to students in term two, which has motivated many to begin already staging return dates.
These schools, particularly boarding schools (most of which have shifted to remote learning) are conducting the highest level of cleaning, mostly to reassure parents.
Lisa said: “Some schools are going ‘above and beyond’ to earn the trust of parents by demonstrating their premises are as low risk as possible.”
9. Demonstrating corporate social responsibility
Many large organisations simply want to show they are not only doing their due diligence but are proactively preventing risk by asking for heavy-duty anti-viral cleans – even if their workplaces are unlikely to have been exposed to COVID-19.
Lisa said: "The pandemic is a new ‘stress test’ for organisations actively involved in corporate social responsibility."