There are plenty of tips on how to keep a healthy and clean classroom environment, and with flu season approaching, now is the time to prepare. According to Flu.gov, flu season usually begins in the fall and peaks around January or February. While it's nearly impossible to completely eliminate the exposure to viruses and colds, as an early childhood educator, there are a few proactive measures you can take to keep your children safe from illness:
Monitor sick behavior: While you want children to be at school in order to foster their young minds and creativity, if you notice that one is sick or feeling under the weather, contact a parent so they can be picked up quickly. This way he or she can not only start feeling better sooner, but can also keep other children from being exposed to the same virus.
Wash up and wipe down: Teach children the importance of washing their hands, especially after coughing or sneezing. Also, before class starts and after school ends each day, wipe down all door handles and desks with a sanitizing solution for an extra degree of protection.
Teach students about how to not spread germs: Emphasize the importance of hand washing and not sharing food or drinks. Teach children to cough and sneeze into their armpit. If your children know how to stop the spread of germs, they may be less likely to do so.