10 tips for a clean classroom
Germs are everywhere, including in the classroom. Use these tips to keep kids healthy and ready to learn.
- 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.
- Stock up on cleaning supplies. Tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will come in handy every school day.
- 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.
- Discuss healthy behavior. Even simple things like getting enough sleep and staying hydrated can help keep a student’s immune system strong.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure hands are washed before returning to the classroom after lunch or recess.
- Practice the “Dracula sneeze.” Sneezing into the crook of your elbow keeps those airborne germs from spreading.
- 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!
- Wipe down the classroom with disinfectant at the end of the day. Don’t forget the doorknobs!