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How to Promote Cleanless in your School
Even with passionate, devoted teachers and attentive, curious students, your school isn’t going to be effective if it isn’t clean. Although regularly cleaning and disinfecting seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised by the number of schools that don’t prioritize cleanliness.Dirty schools harbor millions of germs, leading to sick students, increased absences, and frustrated teachers.
Read on to learn all about the importance of cleanliness in school and what you can do to get a jumpstart on the flu season!
1. Encourage Healthy Habits
Students and staff need to be reminded of healthy habits, especially when flu season strikes. Remind teachers to let students and parents know that they should stay home for at least 24 hours if they have a cold or flu, as that’s the time when it’s most contagious.When students are sick, teachers need to be accommodating when it comes to missed assignments and test retakes. If a student needs to stay longer at home, consider emailing assignments or asking a student to deliver notes so that they don’t get too behind.Besides handwashing, everyone needs to be reminded to sneeze into the crook of their elbow or a tissue. Just like with hand washing, along with this instruction their needs to be education on how fast germs can spread or multiply without these simple actions.
2. Provide door mats in each class
Feet, both students’ and teachers’ can collect a lot of dirt, leaves and pollens as they get into the school. To make sure all the dirt under the shoes is not transferred into the classrooms or working stations, get doormats for each room.
However, it is more important to remember to clean the doormats as often as possible, so as to reduce the chances of harbouring germs or dirt at the doorsteps.
3. Start recycling practices in the school
Recycling helps to reduce the amount of trash going to a landfill, and as a result, keep the school facilities clean. Identify some of the things that can be recycled in the school such as paper, plastic and glass, and start a recycling program or club that encourages students to cultivate the habit.
You can also cut on one-time use resources such as plastic cups and plates in the dining area and get reusable utensils.
4. Organise cleaning day events
Everyone in the school should be involved to keep school facilities clean and tidy. To achieve this, school managements can organise cleaning day events that allow everyone, including teachers, parents and students to be involved. During this day, the cleaning is deeper, with more focus on areas that are not cleaned on a day to day basis.
These events can be planned to happen over the weekend, after school or during lunch hour time. To ensure everyone’s safety during such cleaning day events, the school should invest in cleaning supplies such as gloves, brushes, etc.
5. Encourage students and teachers to keep things away immediately after use
Most times, school facilities look untidy, not because there is a lot of trash, but because items in those rooms are not well organised. During class time and after, encourage students and teachers to put back everything in their rightful places. For instance, while in the library make sure all books are neatly placed back on the shelf.
6. Creating a Culture of Cleanliness in School
By practicing cleanliness in school, you’re improving the lives of both your students and faculty. School should be wholly a place of learning, but that becomes less possible if students are trying to focus on a noticeably dirty environment, spreading germs, and making other students sick. Ready to create a healthy, clean school
7. Hire a professional cleaning company
To remove the worry of cleaning the school daily, hire a professional company to do the cleaning for your school. This will save you the time to worry about whether the school is clean or not and allow you to focus on more pertinent and important issues. Cleaning companies will ensure all the school facilities are clean on a daily basis and organise deep cleaning to clean hard to reach areas as well.
A clean environment facilitates proper learning. Keeping the school clean will not only benefit those using the school but also help to make the world a better place by keeping preserving the environment.