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Old 05-16-2020, 02:21 PM
 
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We have to go in and pack up our rooms this week. We normally have to put bulletin board paper over bookcases and bulletin boards so that when they "clean" the room, it won't mess everything up. There has to be an easier way than bulletin board paper! It is soooo hard to get it over book case/bulletin board and have tape stick enough to last all summer. Any ideas? I thought about shrink wrap, but idk how hard that is to use and if it would even work for the book case.


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I used plastic table clothes from the $1 store. Cheap and they secure with tape. I used grey duct tape because its what I used all time.
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I go to our local thrift store and buy sheets and drape them over the bookshelves. I used to cover with paper, then I switched to garbage bags (cut end off and cut one edge to make a sheet type size) then I switched to bed sheets. It is WAY easier.
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At one school I worked at, we had a choice between taking everything off of our book cases and putting them in boxes, using bulletin board paper, or using garbage bags. Both the bulletin board paper and garbage bags were hard to use I agree! My friends and I teamed up. The three of us took turns. They both came to my room and we worked with my book cases, then we went to the other two rooms and did theirs. It worked fine with having those one or two extra bodies. I found the hardest part about the bulletin board paper was not that it wouldn't stick, but that the paper was so long and the book case was so tall, the paper would "fly" all over the place if there was only one person to hold it and do tape! With two to three people, ti worked much smoother and we got done fast!
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I would go with the PP idea of plastic tablecloths and duct tape. Or even shower curtains from the dollar store.

That said, I would ask about them sanitizing the rooms. Will they need access to the shelves? We didn't have to worry about sanitizing bc we're moving into a new building, but I know friends who aren't moving have gotten specific directives about providing access to things for sanitizing.


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from the dollar store will work as well.
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We typically use bulletin board paper but this year we were told NOT to cover our bookcases or shelves due to being able to clean and use the mist sprayer thing. Woo-hoo!!!
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We get the big black plastic garbage bags from the custodian. We cut them open and tape them to the bookshelves.
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Old 05-16-2020, 03:57 PM
 
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I use plastic picnic table cloths and painters tape.
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Old 05-16-2020, 04:04 PM
 
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Related, but not about covering. What are they going to do about sanitizing the books? Our public library is leaving them in the outside for 2 days before bringing them into the library. I'm thinking of all the paperback books I had in my class and had to cover with those bulletin board papers in years past.


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I use drop cloths like you use when you paint
Old 05-16-2020, 04:30 PM
 
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You can buy them at Dollar General. I bought 2 packages. If I had cut them, I probably could have only used 1.
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Old 05-16-2020, 04:44 PM
 
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We would have been called on the carpet if we used that much bulletin board paper that would get tossed in September. We didnít have to cover anything.

However, I had old sheets that I used to cover my desk and my easel.
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What are they going to do about sanitizing the books?
If you're concerned about the Covid-19 virus, I think you'll be okay because I don't think it will last on the books over the summer. Now regarding regular sanitizing due to regular kid germs, that might be another issue.

I'm still wondering how schools and/or individual teachers are going to handle the issue of potential Covid spread with multiple students checking out and sharing books. I'm guessing they'll have to develop some kind of protocol where books are directly sanitized on a daily basis, some how, or they will need to just sit in place for a few days between being checked out.

So many little details add up to A LOT to consider...
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:26 PM
 
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I use plastic tablecloths from dollar store, you can reuse if you use painters tape.

I used old sheets to cover computers, my desk, etc.

Books should be fine for the summer. The biggest thing is training kids not to touch their faces, wash hands before eating
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:52 AM
 
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Supposedly, everything has been sanitized.. but, I must say that our custodians surely don't do a great job cleaning while school is in, so idk. From what I've read, we've been out since around the middle part of March, so I think the books will be fine.

The other problem is that sometimes the local YMCA has summer camp there and the use our rooms. Sometimes, the "adults/college kids" tear up the rooms. This is a "maybe" this year and nobody really knows if they're going to have it (which, I would assume they wouldn't, but idk that either).

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely use them!
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Old 05-17-2020, 06:02 PM
 
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I hadn't thought about my books...I'll need to figure out a system before the next student can use them, we can wipe them down if we ever have wipes again, or else I'll have to let them sit in a bin for a couple of days.
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