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Keeping Schools Clean and Healthy

It is the beginning of another school year and with that in mind, there are important ways for schools to stay clean and healthy. With so many students and teachers under one roof a virus can easily spread.

Keeping schools clean reduces the risk of spreading diseases and illness in 1/5 of the population. At any one time there are 55 million students and 7 million staff going to school.

In order to tackle such a large challenge, the proper procedures must be implemented. In restrooms we must provide soap and hand sanitizers when soap is not available. Soap dispensers have to be kid friendly if need be and be within reach. Critical areas such toilet levers, stall locks, and push plates must be wiped down. Choosing to use an effective green sanitizer and micro fiber towel will limit the spread of viruses.

In the classroom we can make sure all tables and chairs are wiped down. Often the most dirtiest desk is the teachers. Me must make sure they are uncluttered for the cleaning staff to get to them. Other areas that can be contaminated are keyboards, pencil sharpeners, water fountains and door knobs.

Another way to keep schools clean is by using green cleaners. Often making the switch to green cleaners is cost neutral and can even save money! They are also healthy, choosing non-toxic, plant based ingredients contain far fewer chemicals related to health risks like asthma, cancer and the common cold.

Non toxic cleaning products are safer and healthier for students and teachers, and the janitors who use them. The problem with conventional cleaners is that they contain harsh carcinogens, phthalates, and VOCs which disrupt the endocrine system and cause breathing problems in kids and adults.

Working together

We can also keep schools clean through education and team effort:

  • 1. Teach students to clean up after themselves. It is healthy and the cleaning crew are not servants!
  • 2. The teachers can clean clutter left behind at the end of the day.
  • 3. Janitors should only have to come in wipe down, sweep and take out the trash.

(Image Credit: via Flickr)

Ed Yourdon
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