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10 Tips for a Clean Classroom

Germs are everywhere, including in the classroom. Use these tips to keep kids healthy and ready to learn.

 

  1. Educate your students about proper hand washing. Tips like washing between the fingers and washing for sufficient time can keep germs out of your classroom.
  2. Stock up on cleaning supplies. Tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will come in handy every school day.
  3. Clean off any shared objects in the room like keyboards, writing utensils and chairs. If not sanitized, these can pass germs off to many students each day.
  4. Discuss healthy behavior. Even simple things like getting enough sleep and staying hydrated can help keep a student’s immune system strong.
  5. Encourage parents to keep their sick children home. Figure out a system to ensure they can receive their schoolwork, so they don’t fall behind the curriculum.

     

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  6. Soft comforts like carpets and couches can be a hotbed for germs. You can replace these with options that are easier to clean, like vinyl beanbag chairs.
  7. Make sure hands are washed before returning to the classroom after lunch or recess.
  8. Practice the “Dracula sneeze.” Sneezing into the crook of your elbow keeps those airborne germs from spreading.
  9. Educate your students about germs. Pour glitter onto a couple students’ hands and have everyone shake hands for a few minutes. Watch how far the “germs” spread!
  10. Wipe down the classroom with disinfectant at the end of the day. Don’t forget the doorknobs!

For more tips on how to keep you, your students and your family well, check out more articles from Health Minute.