Social Distancing Solutions to Keep Teachers, Students and Staff Safe

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School Desktop Sneeze Guard

The most popular query to my business these days is Sneeze Guards, Protection Walls and Barriers. You see them everywhere you go. Banks, grocery stores, doctors offices and retail outlets around the country are using them to protect employees and customers from sharing deadly bacterial droplets.

As schools are beginning to open their doors to students and staff, safety is a top priority. Keeping teachers, students and staff protected from germs is a lofty goal but there are steps that can be taken to provide protection in the classroom. The most common is a personal School Desk Shield or Sneeze Guard.

School Desk Shields are used to separate students and provide individual zones as the kids sit at their desks. They feature front and side panels to increase face coverage. They are usually made with a transparent plastic construction that offers unobstructed views of the classroom.

Acrylic manufacturers were quick to get on the distribution train to provide protection walls. Once you begin your search, it is clear there are basically three to four main designs. The question is which is best for your school. The following considerations should be used to make your decision.

  • Budget
  • Size
  • Quantity

Desk shields come in several designs and based on the amount of production and materials needed can cost anywhere from $20.00 – $150.00. The difference in the lower cost product is the material and stability on the desk.

PVC products are available at a lower cost. They usually feature one window or three window openings with white Ultra Board frames. The frames are constructed of warp and moisture resistant Ultra Board and have a clear protective film barrier. The Ultra Board Barrier Sneeze Guard usually range from $25.00 – $35.00 depending on the quantity. They are available in three sizes. They can be easily cleaned with soap and water or a mild detergent and soft cloth.

A step up from the PVC Sneeze Guards is a Menu Style Desk Shield. Menu style sneeze guards come in only one size, 20″w x 18.25″h x 10″d. They are made with a faux leather bound frame and have metal corners that add stability and weight. Menu style sneeze guards have three clear windows made from transparent PVC plastic. They fold down for easy storage and can also be cleaned with a mild detergent and soft cloth. No minimum order.

The most popular sneeze guard is the Acrylic Sneeze Guard. Made from 1/8″ thick acrylic, the clear plexiglass offers full un-obstructed views of the classroom. The heavier weight creates stability for students when they are placed on individual desks. The Acrylic Sneeze Guard comes in small, medium and large and does not have a minimum order.

All the products sold from The Graphic Edge are made in the USA and ship from several locations throughout the country to avoid hefty shipping fees. When budgeting for your desk shields, make sure to ask the shipping cost when ordering your Sneeze Guards.

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