Going back to school is always an exciting and anxious cavalcade of emotions for students, staff and ESPECIALLY parents. With the latest surge in outbreaks, it is incredibly important to know the facts and stay as safe as possible. In-classroom learning can be such a pivotal and integral way for children to engage. But obviously the potential of spreading germs and viruses is elevated, so it’s vital to keep these cleaning methods in mind.
According to The American Society for the Positive Care of Children: “Whether your child is being schooled at home or at school, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces can help reduce the risk of illness. This includes frequently touched items such as doorknobs, faucets, keyboards, tablets and phones.”
Keeping workspaces clean after interactions can be a great way to maintain a healthy level of clean. Obviously, masks can do incredible things for protection to stop the spread of disease. But it is imperative that contaminated surfaces are being cleaned, then disinfected and hands are sanitized after exposure to a plethora of people.
And in schools, there is no shortage of large groups of people. It’s often hard to maintain a 6-foot distance from people, so it makes the cleaning process all the more important. Sometimes it’s impossible to maintain 6-feet of distance, which makes regular cleaning all the more prescient.
Speaking on hand-washing. The ASPCC also says “Practice hand-washing at home with your child and explain why it’s important to wash his or her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after eating, coughing/sneezing, or adjusting a face mask. To prevent rushing, suggest washing hands for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.”
2020 was hardly anybody’s idea of a ‘decent year.’ So, in 2021 it’s essential that we stick together, and help our students, teachers, staff, siblings and parents stay safe and make sure that we can rid this virus of its powerful capabilities. School is back, let’s make sure it can stay back!
With preventative methods of keeping ourselves and our workstations relentlessly clean with proper hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, we can feel good about doing our part!