Keep Calm and Shoo the Flu in Schools

According to the CDC approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff attend over 130,000 public and private schools daily in the U.S.[i]

With numbers like these it is easy to see why influenza can spread so quickly in schools. The public is well educated about the peak flu season occurring November through March. But, this timeframe reflects when the majority of people are affected, which means people are actually developing flu-like symptoms prior to these months. So, the start of the school year is the perfect time to take precautionary cleaning measures in order to prevent the outbreak of flu from disrupting your teaching environment. Equally important though is maintaining the same standards of cleanliness throughout the school year, to keep staff and students safe.

 

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Germs Do Not Go On Vacation


Deep clean while students are away
Although most students and staff are not in school buildings during the summer months, germs and bacteria can still be present. The summer months are a perfect time to clean harmful pathogens, such as MRSA in schools, as well as Norovirus, C. diff and E. coli that may be lingering throughout the building. To help keep students, staff and guests healthy and safe, schools should take precautionary measures and focus cleaning efforts on high touch surfaces including drinking fountains, door knobs, desks, and counters. School facilities can minimize the spread of germs and bacteria by developing and adhering to cleaning schedules for each area of the building.

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