Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Lawrence Miranda shows the array of cleaning and protective products that Linden Public Schools have ready to go whenever schools reopen to students. 


Linden Public Schools will be armed and ready to keep students safe when they return to the classroom.

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Lawrence Miranda ran down the list of supplies the district has stocked up on to make sure schools are sanitized and that students and staff are well-stocked to meet the challenge of COVID-19, whenever in-person classes resume.

Miranda said he began ordering the extra supplies as soon as the district closed its schools in March.

“I jumped right on it,” he said. “And it’s a good thing I did, because otherwise we wouldn’t have had them.”

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Here is a list of the supplies in the district warehouse or to be delivered shortly.

– 400 wall-mounted sanitizer dispensing stations to be installed in the schools “in very strategic locations,” Miranda said.

– 1,200 one-gallon pump bottles of liquid hand sanitizer. That’s enough for one in each classroom in the district, with a large surplus to remain in the warehouse.

– 2,800 containers of Clorox disinfecting wipes for use in classrooms.

– 250 non-contact infrared forehead thermometers to be distributed to schools.

– 600,000 disposable face masks. “That number, assuming one mask per student per day gets us from September 1 to December 31,” Miranda said. “I don’t know that we’ll need that many because I envision a lot of students will bring their own mask, same with staff. So I think the 600,000 is more than enough.”

– 4,800 eight-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to be used in offices throughout the district.

custodian cleaning lockers

School No. 8 custodian Mardy Christopher uses a Minuteman disinfecting spray machine to sanitize lockers.

– 25 Minuteman Misting Disinfectant Sprayers with Micro-Chem Plus disinfectant detergent.  “There is a wand on it, and custodians will go around and spray on desktops, lockers, doors, you name it,” Miranda said. “It dries and you don’t have to wipe it, and it sanitizes everything.”

– 150 cases of disinfectant and cleaner to be used in spray bottles and mop buckets. “We have dispensing stations in all the custodial closets,” Miranda said. “This is disinfectant that we’ve been using all along, but we actually doubled the order on this so we’d have enough to get us through the school year.”