Classroom Hygiene is a Priority
With the current pandemic, classroom hygiene and personal hygiene are a top priority at the moment. COVID-19 spreads from one person to another through in-person communication and bodily functions such as coughing, and/or sneezing. The virus can spread through objects touched by infected humans and can live in the air for up to three hours. With this being a highly contagious virus, schools and learning facilities need to be very serious in their cleaning techniques.
I have first-hand experience from being an assistant teacher in an infant classroom and seeing the spread of germs daily. Further, for example, spread happens when a child puts something in their mouth and another child picks it up to kids coughing and sneezing near other toys and objects in the room. In any room, you can turn your back for just a second and a child can be eating something off the floor or eating off a classmate’s tray. Children constantly touch their mouth, nose, and eyes throughout the day. Moreover, it is a hard thing to keep up with while having many other children in the room.
Daily cleaning procedure within each classroom:
- Wash, sanitize, and rinse system with toys put in children’s mouths.
- Daily toy bins for each child a sanitize at the end of the play day.
- Hand washing procedure in lavatories and washing stations.
- Discussing healthy hygiene behaviors.
- Hand sanitizer station in each classroom.
- Also, assigned sleeping arrangements, for example, cots.
If hygiene is instilled in children’s daily lives it can positively affect their physical behavior as they grow. Such as always remembering to wash their hands after using the restroom or returning from outdoor activities.
Moreover, following these techniques could make a big difference in the children’s and their families’ lives.
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