Achoo! The sounds of sneezing and coughing let you know there are germs hunting down their next victim. The cold and flu system hit my classroom pretty hard this year. I can’t remember the last time I had 100% attendance. As a teacher, I knew there had to be more I could do to keep my students healthy.
Part of my job as teacher is to teach my students good hygiene so they can avoid the germs around them. But with germ shedding starting up to three days before someone feels sick, it’s hard to know who or what to avoid. The grossest fact I’ve read this year: The average desk has 400 times more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat.
I keep asking the students to stay home if they don’t feel well to try to end the cycle. It’s a challenge though. A kid misses school, a parent misses work. Our goal then is to keep the healthy children at school exactly that, healthy.
The Healthy Schools Project, initiated by Kimberly-Clark Professional, knows that “to do well, students have to be well.” This program relies on education and practical solutions. To create healthier learning environments, the Healthy Schools Project provides hygienic solutions for all of the places students bring their germs, like the classroom, the cafeteria, and all common areas (that means almost everywhere!).
To encourage good hygiene in the classroom, consider a Healthy Classroom Station. A Healthy Classroom Station puts the tools to reduce the spread of germs right at children’s fingertips. Since the Healthy Classroom Station has all of the supplies we’ll need in a plastic caddy, students know germ fighting is at their fingertips. Using it, they’ll learn to wash, wipe, and sanitize. Mine is packed with:
- Kleenex Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer
- Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissue
- Scott Surface Wipes
If you are looking to fight absenteeism and increase healthy habits, check out the Healthy Schools Project website. I’ll be happy to tell germs they flunk!