For teachers, back-to-school time can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Connecting with new students, implementing lesson plans, and preparing for a productive year are all likely to keep you busy over the course of the next several months. Then, there’s the inevitable approach of flu season. Make this school year the best one yet: Arm yourself and your students against the cold, flu, and other bugs by focusing on good hygiene and sanitation. Keeping a classroom healthy is a team effort that can benefit teachers, students, and their families.
Keeping a Classroom Healthy
Give Surfaces a Once-Over When Needed
You may not be directly responsible for cleaning your classroom – the custodial staff usually handles that. However, if your custodian doesn’t sanitize your room every day of the week, you may wish to give your room a once-over on certain days to clean surfaces and eliminate germs. For example, you may wish to clean your classroom on days when your students are creating messy crafts, eating sticky snacks, throwing a “pet day” celebration, or otherwise dirtying the room.
Keep disinfectant spray and antibacterial wipes on hand, and give desks, countertops, doorknobs, sinks, and dispensers a quick wipe-down before leaving for the day. Regularly cleaning these community surfaces is a great way to keep your classroom as germ-free as possible.
Deputize Your Students
One of the best ways of keeping a classroom healthy is empowering your students to stop the spread of germs. As their teacher, you might be in charge of teaching them reading, writing, and arithmetic. This year, take their education to the next level by helping them develop healthy habits early in life. Depending on the age of your students, they may have a lot to learn about hygiene. Teachable healthy habits can include good hand-washing techniques, coughing and sneezing etiquette, the importance of staying home when you’re sick, and more. You can also enlist students to help clean up the classroom at the end of each day to reduce the spread of germs during cold and flu season.
Try Using a Disinfectant Germ Fogger
Although your school’s custodial staff is likely responsible for cleaning your classroom, you can add a finishing touch to get your room in tip-top shape. It won’t require any elbow grease; in fact, it’s quite a hands-off approach to disinfection. Simply purchase a germ fogger, and use the product as instructed. The disinfecting mist will diffuse throughout the room, so you can eradicate germs on numerous surfaces with minimal effort.
The SafeSpace Disinfectant Germ Fogger can eliminate germs in your classroom during periods of heavy sickness, like cold and flu season, or when a bug is passing through the student body. Germ foggers can also be used in athletic locker rooms, workout gyms, and equipment areas. They can even be used on school buses, which can be dens of serious germ activity. Our germ fogger eliminates up to 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds, flu, staph infections, and MRSA. It’s easy to use and EPA-approved, releasing up to 6,000 cubic feet of hospital-grade disinfectant when fully discharged. It also helps eliminate odors, which is especially good news for teachers supervising dozens of youngsters each day.
Install a Sanitary Door Opener
Classrooms are full of shared spaces that can gather hundreds of thousands of germs. To tackle germy zones like doorknobs, you might need to get creative. For example, teachers might be interested in SafeSpace’s Sanitary Door Opener. It allows students and teachers to access classrooms and closets without placing a finger on germ-covered doorknobs. People can open the door with their forearms, so they can keep their hands clean and sanitary.
With the school year just under way, you’re likely busy getting to know your students and tackling the first subjects on your curriculum. Keeping a classroom healthy may be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, SafeSpace products make it easy for you to reduce the number of germs in your classroom. You might find it helpful to build a solid arsenal of safe, effective, germ-fighting products for your room. When kids start falling ill, teachers can protect themselves with hand sanitizer, soap, germ foggers – even sanitary door openers. SafeSpace has a full line of products to help teachers keep their classrooms – and themselves – healthy.
Consider asking parents for donations of quality cleaning products. You might recommend the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit, which combines several germ-fighting products into one effective kit. For the convenience of all involved, the kit can be purchased on our website, delivered to the school, and include the noted teacher’s classroom in the address.
The kit contains the SafeSpace Alcohol-Free Instant Hand Sanitizer, which can eliminate germs by disinfecting the skin. Since it doesn’t contain alcohol, it won’t make your students’ hands feel dry and it doesn’t pose a risk of alcohol poisoning if ingested. Disinfectant foggers are another useful tool in the battle against germs, as we mentioned above. The kit also includes the SafeSpace Disinfectant Germ Fogger, which contains a hospital-grade contact disinfectant that can vanquish up to 99 percent of germs. Using this product is a fantastic way to banish any germs that remain in your classroom after a busy school day.
When it comes to fighting germs, you can rely on SafeSpace. For more than a decade, we’ve been working diligently to bring effective disinfecting innovations to health-conscious consumers. To learn more about our company and our products, visit our website.