Teachers have noted that they are in an every growing battle of keeping their classrooms healthy and clean for their students. In a recent study, it was found that 90% of teachers think that it is “common for students to come to school sick”. Only a startling 30% said that the custodial staff disinfects classrooms regularly.
It is a known fact that germs are spread through surface contact, and yet many teachers are not properly equipped to combat these germs invading their classrooms. One sick child can quickly impact the class! More than 70% of teachers has admitted that they have missed school because of an illness that was going around their classroom.
Our children have to go to school, and there is no denying that they will come in contact with illness, but how can you fortify them so that they stay as healthy as possible? This is by beginning with a healthy lifestyle at home. Doctors have offered up the following tips to parents on how to help keep their children healthier during the school year.
* Make sure that your kids wash their hands. This is the single most effective method for disease prevention. Hands should be scrubbed for 10 to 15 seconds.
* Don’t allow your children to share utensils. Although learning to share is important, this shouldn’t apply to cups, glasses or eating utensils.
* Make sure your children get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation stresses the immune system. Most children need at least eight hours of sleep per night.
* Allow for a full recovery. Do not send your kids to school when they are sick.
* Keep your children up-to-date on vaccines. New vaccines guard against an array of dangerous illnesses, including meningitis.
Children have enough challenges throughout their school years. Set them up for success by helping to keep their immune systems strong and healthy!