AUSTIN, Texas - Austin ISD is taking proactive measures against the potential spread of the coronavirus.
AISD recently purchased an entirely new cleaning agent and equipment called Dis.In.Fx Microbial Services to deep clean district vehicles.
"In light of the recent worries and concerns about coronavirus or flu we have decided as a district to be proactive, not only in our schools but in our school buses and all other vehicles," said Kris Hafezizadeh, executive director of transportation and vehicle services for AISD. "We transport about 23,000 students per day either to and from school or to our athletic field trips."
The chemical stays on the surface between 30 and 90 days and staff will continue to disinfect every 60 days, doing this to a fleet of more than 500 buses and more than 300 police cars.
"Tomorrow they are going to deliver it to us. We have our staff at all of our bus terminals and service centers," said Hafezizadeh.
AISD has always keeping their buses and other cars, but this is a brand new chemical they will be using. Training for the new cleaning system begins Tuesday with a full rollout on Wednesday.
In addition to cleaning vehicles, the district has canceled all international school trips through March 31 to err on the side of caution. There is currently no word on how classes will be handled if a case of coronavirus is confirmed in Travis County or Austin ISD.