As school is back in session after the winter break, many young children are bringing more than their schoolwork and desire to learn back with them. The flu virus spreads whenever someone with the virus talks, sneezes, or coughs on another person. For those infected with the flu, they can remain contagious for five to seven days.
As an early childhood education professional, there are many measures you can take to protect your students from contracting the flu and missing school days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a helpful list for teachers, parents, and children regarding preventative actions they can take against harmful flu germs. Here are a few of these suggestions:
Wash hands: Encourage children to avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes, as this is how germs are commonly spread from person to person. As an added measure, instruct children to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently with warm water and soap.
Clean objects and surfaces: Kill germs immediately by frequently disinfecting and cleaning any surfaces and objects students use or play with.
Stay home when sick: Send out fliers and talk with parents about having students stay home when they are sick. This is a great method for keeping others from catching the flu and will help the children get well faster and back in your classroom, ready to learn.