Lysol® recognizes the importance of educating students about healthy habits, both in the classroom and at home so they can stay healthy and won't miss school because of sick days. That's why we've partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to develop materials that help educate students on healthy habits like proper hand washing tips, how to prevent germs from spreading and much, much more!
Traditionally, classrooms are breeding ground for germs. Every desktop, pencil sharpener, doorknob and faucet that an infected child touches becomes colonized with germs. Help your child protect him/herself with these reminders:
- Remind your child about the number one rule for germ control: frequent and thorough handwashing at school. Hand sanitizer is a good option if soap and water aren't accessible.
- Talk to your child about covering every cough or sneeze at school. He/she should use a tissue, and then throw it way and clean his/her hands.
- Encourage your child to try to avoid other children who are coughing or sneezing.
- Be aware that moist environments, like the water fountain, can harbor germs. Send your child to school with bottled water, if it's permitted.
- Equip your child's backpack with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues.
- Provide your child with a mechanical pencil and his/her own crayons and art supplies. The pencil sharpener is one of the germiest places in the classroom.
Disinfection of School Materials and Surfaces
- Studies have shown that germs can live on surfaces like desktops and doorknobs for 20 minutes to 2 hours or more. Teach your child to wipe off the desk or work area in class, especially if it is a shared classroom.
- Send anti-bacterial, disposable wipes to school with your child to use through the day, and after lunch if the class eats at their desks.
- As a parent, remain diligent about cleaning and disinfecting tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops and other frequently touched surfaces at home. Sanitize soft surfaces like bookbags. These simple steps will help you to stop the spread of germs your child may bring home from school.