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5 Steps to a Clean and Healthy Classroom

Cleaning the classroom and preventing germs at school

Germs are everywhere, and the classroom is no different. In fact, due to this being such a high traffic area, it’s likely that there are more germs here than many other places. That’s why it’s so important for the safety of both pupils and teachers to keep hygiene levels up in schools.

Read on for top tips on how to do so.

Quick ‘germs in schools’ statistics:

  • Kindergarteners get around 12 colds in a year, whereas adolescents will only have about two to four.[1]
  • A classroom keyboard has 3,300 bacteria per square inch.[2]
  • A classroom water fountain has 2,700,000 bacteria per square inch.[3]
  • It only takes 2-3 days for school-desk bacteria levels to get back up to what they were before a cleaning.[4]
  • Cold season hits right during the school year — September to March/April[5].

Why should we keep our classrooms clean?

It’s fundamentally important to keep school classrooms clean for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious is for the prevention of germs and illness in extremely high traffic areas where there are a lot of different people coming into close contact with one another.

It is every teacher and Lysol’s mission to curb the spread of illness in the classroom. Children miss nearly 60 million days of school a year in the US, which means that they are at home and not in the classroom learning and growing.

It’s crucial to recognise that school is not only the place that children learn and grow but also create strong and lasting relationships with lifelong friends.

By helping children spend as much time in the classroom as possible, we are providing a solid foundation for them to thrive and succeed.

How to clean a classroom and prevent school germs

When you consider the germ statistics above, it’s obvious why we should keep our classrooms clean, but it’s not always easy to know if we’re doing enough to keep on top of things.

If you are a teacher, simply follow these simple tips on how to help keep a classroom clean and assist your school in remaining as hygienic as possible.

  • Encourage regular and thorough handwashing: make sure your pupils are fully educated on the importance of handwashing. Through teaching them how to do so properly and informing them of why it’s so important to do this regularly, the chances of them spreading germs through poor hand-hygiene will reduce significantly. You can make this fun by covering a few students’ hands in glitter and getting them to shake hands with a variety of their classmates; just watch how the germs spread!
  • Disinfect your classroom properly and regularly: the best way to disinfect classroom desks and other classroom surfaces is by using a good disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes, such as Lysol® Disinfectant Spray or Disinfecting Wipes at least once a day. Wipes can be particularly handy for quick spot-cleans throughout the day!
  • Keep shared objects clean: wipe down things like keyboards, stationery utensils and toys regularly with Lysol® Disinfectant Wipes when used as directed. Don’t forget the doorknobs!
  • Encourage parents to keep their children at home when sick: let them know that it is important to help stem the spread of germs, and that they won’t get in trouble for doing so.
  • Share classroom cleaning tips with the whole class: don’t just let it be your responsibility to keep the place clean. Make sure everyone is playing their part by helping to keep things tidy. For example, make sure your students always put the equipment back where they got it from immediately after use. This will make cleaners’ lives easier and ensure they’re able to do a thorough job of sanitizing the classroom.
  • Teach your pupils the ‘Dracula’ sneeze: sneezing into the crease of your elbow helps to catch germs and stop them spreading as much as if you were to sneeze into your hand!

Please note: Please always use Lysol products as directed on the label.

Keeping your classroom clean is imperative not only to keeping it safe and hygienic, but to ensuring it’s a pleasant environment for students to be productive in. Just remember that with the right sanitizing products and a bit of common sense, it needn’t be a chore!

[1] https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/children_colds#1

[2] http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/studies-surveys-infographics/germ-studies/germiest-places-schools

[3] http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/studies-surveys-infographics/germ-studies/germiest-places-schools

[4] https://phys.org/news/2018-06-germs-school-desks.html

[5] https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/children_colds#1

 

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