Tips for keeping student devices clean

Rhianon Gutierrez Updated by Rhianon Gutierrez

How can we stay healthy when we use electronic devices? With concerns about bacteria on various surfaces, here are some proactive tips to keep our devices and hands clean.

Tip 1: Wash/sanitize hands before and after using a device and avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.

Consider having a bottle of hand sanitizer available in your classroom or near the computer cart.

Tip 2: Assign each student their own device.

This will limit the transmission of bacteria by reducing the number of individuals who touch the device. Designate a computer that will only be used by one student or a small group of students and no one else moving forward.

Shared computer keyboards have high levels of bacteria on them, both good and bad.

To reduce the risk of electrical shock: (1) turn off the computer and (2) unplug the power cord from the computer.



Clean your keyboard and screen with a lightly moistened soft cloth.

Do not use product containing any alcohol, ammonia, or other strong solvents to clean a Chromebook.

All cleaning should be supervised by a teacher or OIIT staff member.

Do not spray or wipe your Chromebook with any cleaner/water and/or moist cleaning cloth/wipes.

When in doubt, do not attempt to clean student devices. Devices are easily susceptible to water damage and it will be difficult to ensure all schools will follow strict cleaning guidelines.


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