Back to school: Keep facilities clean for student and teacher success!
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Back to school: Keep facilities clean for student and teacher success!


Did you know that your school’s cleanliness can play a huge role in the health and success of your faculty, students, and community?

A long with cleaning up small messes made by students daily, schools need to clean on a deeper level. All aspects of the building from hallways and classrooms to gymnasiums, bathroom and cafeterias should be cleaned well to keep students productive and your whole community healthy.

Benefits of a clean and tidy school:

More productive and healthier teachers - A clean environment allows teachers to be more productive. Instead of spending hours before and after class cleaning up their rooms, they can plan lessons, grade homework, and take time to meet with students and parents. Most teachers interact with dozens of students daily. When the school is routinely cleaned, teachers are less likely to get sick and call out, and classroom learning can continue as planned.

A Better Learning Experience - The environment you’re in has a significant impact on how well you learn. It is no surprise that cleaner schools tend to outperform those kept dirty.

Fewer Student Sick Days - Likewise, a cleaner school mean fewer sick days taken by students. This results in fewer absences, more classroom involvement, better grades, and more successful graduation rates.

Reduced Allergy and Asthma Symptoms - Even if students are not sick enough for an absence, allergy and asthma symptoms can take away from learning. Common indoor allergies in children include dust, and mold; all of which can easily grow in a messy school.

Equipment Longevity - Longevity goes hand-in-hand with cleanliness. When desks, bathrooms, gym equipment, and cafeteria tables and chairs are cleaned, and well maintained, they last longer.

Stronger Sense of School Pride - When a whole school is kept clean, you will see a stronger shared sense of school pride. People will want to show their school off and both students and teachers will be proud to represent their school.

Keeping your school clean

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Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

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Disinfect and clean all surfaces and objects that are often touched

Create a standard procedure for your school for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Generally, this means taking to daily to clean and sanitize surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as doorknobs, desks, computer keyboards, faucet handles, and toys. Pay special attention to bathrooms, as they can often be the main culprit in the spead of germs and bacteria.

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Clean and disinfect correctly

Make sure to always follow all label directions on disinfectants and cleaning products. Wash surfaces with a general cleaner to remove soil and dirt. Rinse with water, and then use a proven, reliable disinfectant to kill germs. Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched frequently, such as phones and computers for ease of cleaning.

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Use products safely

Pay special attention to any hazard warnings on product labels. Many cleaning products, disinfectants, and sanitizers will call for the use of personal protective wear such as gloves or eye protection.

Never mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels specify it is safe to do so. Combining some substances (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death. Confirm that janitorial staff, teachers, and others who use cleaning products read and comprehend all instruction labels.

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Handle waste properly

Create a routine and standard procedure for handling waste. Provide gloves for those who empty trash cans and dispose of garbage. Direct all staff to wash their hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets.

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Back to school for teachers and staff!

Back to school means back to work for many in the educational sector. Get all the supplies you need at Competitive Choice to keep your school clean and germ-free so you can promote school pride and educate your community’s next generation.