Let’s talk about another way we can protect ourselves from COVID-19: the Clean Pirate Command. The Clean Pirate Command is our new and improved system for keeping ourselves and our spaces clean. If you think about all the surfaces we touch during a day—our faces, pets, phones, light switches, faces, toilet handles, phones, faucets, desks, phones, faces, food, water bottles, phones, garbage lids, faces, doorknobs, handrails, phones, laptops, FACES—you start to realize how easy it is to transmit germs. So on campus this fall—and, ahem, wherever we are at any time—we should all be washing our hands frequently with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Lather and scrub those palms, the backs of those hands, between those fingers, and under those nails. Rinse well. Then, dry with a clean towel or paper towel, or air-dry. You know the drill.

No soap and water nearby? Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. SU is going to hook you up with one four-ounce bottle of the stuff, and you’ll see hand-sanitizer stations in every classroom. Gel up for 20 seconds, and you’re ready to go.

The Clean Pirate Command also involves sanitizing contaminated surfaces wherever we work, study, and play. Yes, our intrepid and beloved Facilities staff will be cleaning common areas (e.g., lounges and laundry rooms) more frequently, but we must all pitch in and do our part to keep Southwestern spaces clean. Disinfectants will be provided so that we can clean our desks, chairs, and equipment whenever we enter and leave a classroom, the library, offices, the weight room, etc. If your hands have touched it, please wipe it down. This is the Clean Pirate way.

Questions? Check out our Clean Pirate FAQs.