Schools are a likely place for germs to spread among students, teachers and faculty. Annually, 189 million school days are lost to the common cold and nearly 38 million days to influenza.1 Clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces like desks, door handles, water fountains and cafeteria tables to keep students in school this cold and flu season.
6 Tips for Prevention
Practice these six easy tips in your education facility to encourage a productive and safe environment for your students.
- Encourage thorough handwashing using hand soap and water for students, and provide paper towels to remove additional bacteria.
- Provide cleaning staff with disinfecting wipes, microfiber cloths and disinfecting or sanitizing chemicals to keep commonly-touched surfaces sanitary and safe.
- Have facial tissue readily available for students to reduce the spread of germs. Encourage students to cover their nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.
- Have personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves and masks, available for school nurses and other staff providing care to potentially sick students. Additionally, ensure your cleaning teams are wearing gloves and eye protection while using disinfecting and sanitizing products.
- Send sick students, teachers and staff home. Advise them to remain at home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or other symptoms.
- When handling waste, have your staff wear gloves and use touch-free wastebaskets when possible. Encourage handwashing with soap and water after emptying trash containers and touching used tissues or other waste. Dispose of disinfecting wipes and other cleaning supplies immediately after use.
1 Kimberly Clark, “Back-To-School = Back to Germs?”. 2012.