Scholastic Book Fairs Safety Practices

We’ve made important changes to your Scholastic Book Fair this school year,
so you can focus on what matters most—your kids.

 

While health officials say the risk of getting coronavirus from hard surfaces like our cases, boxes, and books is very low, we’ve worked with outside safety experts to implement even more stringent protocols—including certification and training for our drivers and team members, a safety toolkit for all in-school Book Fairs, and new, simplified Fair options to meet your school’s unique needs.

 

The safety and well-being of our customers, community, and team members remain our top priority, and you can depend on us to always uphold the highest standards. Here are just some of the extra precautions we’re taking to make your in-school, drive-up, or Online Book Fair as safe as possible.

 

Safety in Our Facilities


With guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health and safety experts, we’ve put in place a series of preventive measures at our warehouse facilities across the country to keep our employees and customers safe and—though already low—to further minimize any transmission risk with our books and boxes, whether we’re delivering them by truck to your school or shipping them to your families’ homes. These measures include:

  • COVID-19 safety training, led by outside health and safety experts, for all team members

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)—including masks and gloves—required for all employees and daily, mandatory health screening and temperature checks

  • Isolation barriers installed in reception areas and near busy corridors

  • Hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout facilities

  • Positioning of directional signage and floor markers to ensure appropriate social distancing; reduced/limited occupancy in common areas

  • PPE and temperature checks required for visitors/vendors

  • Equipment and common areas cleaned and sanitized daily and between shifts; frequent, deep cleaning of all facility areas

 

Safety for Our Drivers

 

The CDC confirms that the risk of spread from boxes and equipment (or shipped packages, if you’re hosting an Online Fair) is incredibly low because of the time it takes items to get from our warehouse to their destination—similar to delivering school lunches or supplies. Still, we’re taking extra precautions to protect the safety and well-being of our drivers and your school community:  

  • COVID-19 training and safety certification for our drivers and any team members who visit your school

  • Approved PPE for our drivers to keep you (and them) as safe as possible

  • Daily wellness screenings and temperature checks before departing our facility

  • Sanitizing and sealing our cases before they arrive at your school (and our drivers will also wipe down any high-touch points when they drop off and pick up your Fair)

  • Sanitization procedures for our trucks before and after every delivery

 

Safety at Your Fair

 

Along with adhering to our company health and safety policies, our employees will abide by all campus-wide and building-specific protocols to keep your employees, students, and community safe. Your Fair will arrive with a special safety seal so you’ll know it’s been cleaned and sanitized, and we’ll also provide simple, step-by-step instructions to help you run a safe Fair.

  • Cases will already be sanitized and sealed for your protection, but as an extra precaution, our drivers will re-sanitize any high-touch areas upon arrival and pickup.

  • Your Fair will be unloaded at a predetermined location away from students and staff, and we can even arrange contactless delivery and/or curbside drop-off and pickup.

  • Upon request, our drivers can place cases and boxes in a pre-specified area at your direction. They’ll wear masks, use clean gloves, and will wipe down surfaces before and after unpacking and staging any items. And they’ll take care not to interact with staff or students while working.

  • If you’re hosting an on-campus Book Fair, you’ll receive a safety kit with a setup checklist (created with the help of outside health and safety experts), social distancing floor stickers, and safety signs.

  • Our easy-to-use eWallet payment system lets you safely process all Fair transactions, completely eliminating the need to handle cash and credit cards. (Plus, families and friends can easily contribute to a student’s eWallet to ensure they have the funds they need to shop the Fair.)

     

  • Although we already keep strict guidelines for cleaning our costumes in accordance with health and safety standards, we want to err on the side of caution, so we’ve suspended our costume character program for the time being.

  • If you’re hosting an Online Fair, your orders will be packaged and handled by staff wearing gloves and other personal protective equipment.

We will continue to closely monitor and assess our practices to ensure we are following the most current guidance and expert advice, and we’re prepared to adjust our operations and procedures as needed to ensure the continued health and well-being of your students, staff, and families.

 

 

Visit our Safe, Easy, and Essential page to learn more about our new flexible, simplified, and safe Book Fair options.