There’s never been a more pressing time than now to address disease transmission in the classroom.
The coronavirus pandemic is still at the forefront of most people’s minds, especially teachers who have to navigate the restrictions and requirements of safely educating their students. Many who have been teaching virtually are in the process of transitioning back to the classroom setting.
Even after the coronavirus pandemic is no longer an immediate threat, it will still be vital for educators to know how to mitigate the risk of disease transmission in the classroom.
According to medical research, the average American school-age child contracts six to ten colds per year. Depending on your classroom size, it’s likely that there is at least one student with an illness on any given day.
That’s a lot of germs!
As an educator, it’s your responsibility to help maintain as safe and healthy an environment as possible. Thankfully, when you have the right tools and knowledge, you can drastically decrease the chances of illness in your classroom.
Say goodbye to germs in the classroom
Even minor illnesses can take away from instruction time and put students behind in their academic progress. But for students with underlying risk factors, disease transmission can be even more harmful. Simple illnesses can land some students in the hospital and take weeks to recover from.
When you take steps to prevent diseases in your classroom, you’re helping maintain a positive learning environment. Not only does disease prevention help your students, but it also helps you as a teacher. Fewer germs mean fewer sick days and less time spent preparing for a substitute.
Though you’ll never make your classroom 100% risk-free, you can make it safer for all.
Cleaning versus disinfection
One of the most important ways to prevent disease transmission in the classroom is to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. While similar, they have very different purposes.
Cleaning uses soap and water to physically remove dirt and other debris from surfaces, but it doesn’t necessarily kill the germs.
Disinfecting uses a chemical agent, like bleach, to kill germs on a surface, but it doesn’t necessarily remove dirt from the surface.
Cleaning a surface or object should always be done before disinfecting. When used together, cleaning and disinfecting will help keep your classroom clean and germ-free.
Stay up to date on disease prevention
If you need a refresher in reducing disease transmission our course Disease Prevention in the Classroom is just what you need. It’s perfect for any educator who wants to learn more about practical, everyday actions that help keep you and your students healthy.
In this 30-minute course you’ll explore diseases commonly found in the classroom and what steps you can take to prevent illness.
You’ll discover more about:
- Common diseases
- Risk factors of communicable diseases
- Transference and contagion
- Creating a disease prevention plan
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Daily prevention steps
- Additional measures for COVID-19 prevention
You can encourage an environment of learning by discouraging illnesses in the classroom.
There’s never been a better time to make sure that you’re taking all the steps necessary to prevent disease transmission. With a little bit of knowledge and a lot of determination, you can decrease the chances of spreading illness in your classroom.