The Importance of School Sanitation
The immune system of a child is less mature than that of an adult, thus making them more susceptible to colds and viruses. Unfortunately, kids don’t have the best habits when it comes to germs and when in close proximity of each other, things are bound to get messy.
The average adult will contract 2 to 3 colds a year. That may seem like a lot, but compared to children’s statistics, it’s really not. The average child will contract a staggering 6 to 8 colds a year, typically between the months of September and March. The unnecessary spreading of these illnesses leads to more sick students, and subsequently more school absences. Apart from the adverse physical effects that come with being sick, the mental development of a child can also be impacted. Research has shown there is a strong link between a child’s attendance at school and how well they perform, and this is particularly true at younger ages.
The passing of germs and illnesses from one host to the next is not limited to physical contact. With contaminated sources, it can also be passed through the air, via sneezing and coughing. Additionally, unsanitary conditions can lead to a build-up of irritants and allergens like those commonly found in dust and dirt. Depending on the severity of allergens, this can lead to potentially dangerous health concerns for children, especially those with asthma or respiratory problems. In extreme cases, improper cleaning and maintenance can attract unwanted pests in the form of insects or vermin, which can carry a range of unsafe germs and contaminants, leading to severe illnesses.
Hidden in Plain Sight
High-traffic areas such as the bathroom and more specifically, the toilets, might seem like the most obvious germ-infested area, but this is not the case; in fact, bathrooms don’t even crack the top 5. The most contaminated areas in a public school are the water fountains, cafeteria trays, sink faucets, cafeteria plates and keyboards. This is why it’s essential that thorough cleanings of these areas take place, as basic cleaning services can overlook them.
Spread the Word not the Germs
So what steps can you take to help reduce the spreading of germs? For starters, faculty should help promote good hygiene and cleanliness by making hand sanitizer readily available for students, as well as encourage and enforce good practices such as proper hand washing procedures. Additionally, the school facility should be professionally cleaned, sanitized and maintained throughout the year.
This responsibility of keeping schools as germ-free as possible shouldn’t fall on the school alone. Additionally, parents should be taking the proper steps and precautions if their child becomes ill. When a child contracts a cold or the flu, it’s essential that they stay home and recover, not just for their well being but for their peers as well. It’s also necessary that parents teach their children proper germ etiquette such as sneezing and coughing away from others and preferably into a tissue, to reduce the spreading of germs.
Although you won’t be able to outright stop the spread of germs and sickness in schools, you can take the right steps in reducing the number of bacteria being passed around. The best way to maintain a healthy school environment is with a deep clean and daily maintenance.
The Master Care team consists of experienced professionals who can help reduce the
spreading of germs by providing a detailed clean from the carpet to the ceiling and everything in between.
- Our school cleaning services may include but are not limited to:
- Classroom and desk cleaning
- Whiteboard and chalkboard cleaning
- Washroom and change room clean up
- Floor cleaning (carpet, vinyl, gymnasium floors and tile)
- Window, wall and ceiling cleaning
- Cleaning staff rooms and kitchen areas
- Upholstery cleaning
- Exterior cleaning and maintenance
Using our BC and Ontario green cleaning and eco friendly methods, we can help reduce absenteeism due to cold and flu in your school facility. Contact our team today.