A young children’s environment can be many things….and a germ grower is one of them. With the close quarters, lack of body space, hands in mouth, etc. the classroom can be a petri dish for germs! As people who work with young children, we are well aware of this and have strategies in place to help keep our rooms clean as well as healthy. Here are a few things that we do, what we encourage the children to do and what you can do to help eliminate the spread of sickness throughout the class.
• Each day Ms Maggie makes a state approved gallon of disinfectant for everyone to use. We fill our spray bottle each morning with fresh disinfectant.
• We wash the tables with soapy water followed by a heavy spray of disinfectant that is allowed to air dry. The tables are cleaned this way, first thing in the morning, before and after snack, before and after lunch, and at the end of the day.
• We spray the shelves, door knobs, door jams and bathroom at the end of the day with disinfectant.
• We clean and disinfect the sink at the end of worktime, after lunch and at the end of the day.
• We monitor the actual washing of the hands to make sure soap is used and rubbed in.
• When we learn of a sickness going around (generally if two or more children have the same sickness), we amp up the cleaning and disinfecting.
• When a child shows symptoms of being sick at school, we will call to have you pick him up. This gives the sick child a chance to recover at home and eliminates the exposure of germs to the remaining children (AND STAFF).
• Hands are washed: upon entering classroom, anytime they put their hands in their mouths (when we can “catch” them), picking nose, coughing into the hand, before eating snack or lunch, after lunch, after using the bathroom or changing of the diaper.
• Practical life lessons are giving on using a tissue, how germs are spread, coughing into one’s elbow, and proper handwashing.
• Monitoring your child’s health. Fever is often the easiest and most apparent symptom of sickness. But also look at your child’s stamina, appetite and general behaviors….if he is “not himself.”
• If you notice your child is “off” or definitely sick, please keep him at home. It is difficult to not feel well and come to an environment of being “on” all day with 12 or 20 other children. Rest is often the quickest way to get healthy.
• Try to allow your child a full recovery. Usually that one extra day allows your child to return to close to 100%
• Be upfront with the school about illnesses of your child or your family. We love to know, even if your child is sick over the weekend and does not need to miss school. This allows up to amp up the cleaning a bit more or to be more cautious if a child begins to show symptoms. Please inform us of the symptoms that your child shows. We can be more aware of what to look for …. sore throats, upset stomachs or the common cold.
Getting sick is inevitable with so many small hands, mouths and bodies. But if we all do our parts, we can minimize the spread of germs and keep ALL of us healthy!