What is Basic Decontamination?

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  • In the event that a child shows symptoms of exposure, school staff members or emergency response personnel would conduct basic decontamination:

    • The child would be separated from other children and directed to wash thoroughly with soap and water. 
    • The exposed clothing would be put in plastic bags, and the bags would be sealed. 
    • Removing a contaminated person's clothing effectively removes in excess of 80 percent of contaminants from the person; the alternative would be to do nothing and thereby cause the person to suffer pain and possible serious injury.