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Quick Tips for a Healthy Classroom During Cold Season

Updated: Jan 16





If you spend your working hours standing before students and teaching them about the world, kudos to you! Though you may love your kids and the act of educating, there are several things not to love about school—namely, the cold season. Because children come from various homes and visit hundreds of locations, they bring their unique concoctions of bacteria and viruses into the classroom.


Don’t let the kids with underdeveloped philosophies of health and hygiene get each other—and you—sick. Discover these three quick tips for a healthy classroom during cold season and make it through another round of the flu season untouched.


Wash Those Hands

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that washing your hands with antibacterial hand soap is the only way to destroy and eliminate harmful microbes on your skin. During the cold season, more than any other time of year, remind students to wash their hands carefully and thoroughly.


COVID-19 recommendations have circulated school systems nationwide, telling children to wash their hands for a full 20 seconds, at least. By now, you can bet that many kids have slacked while in the bathroom and forget to frequently run their hands through soapy water. Take the time to help them up their health game and stay vigilant of what they touch.


Wipe Surfaces Up, Down, and Sideways

There are few health tools as essential to a teacher as disinfectant wipes. You must be careful to wipe all exposed surfaces up and down so thoroughly that there’s no doubt it’s sparkling clean. Depending on the grade you teach, kids may not know how to play with toys or share utensils, so have moist towelettes ready. If you’re like most teachers, you’ll run out of these items in no time. Try getting antibacterial wipes in bulk, so your classroom never goes un-sanitized.


Cover Your Cough

Coughs send germs flying higher, faster, and farther than we’d like to realize. If you’ve ever seen a blacklight video of someone sneezing, you can’t unsee the harsh truth. Coughs are one of the simplest, quickest, and most mundane ways to transfer diseases.

Make sure you and your student cover your cough with your elbow—not your hand. The clothing or exposed skin at your elbow will stop the invisible spray and absorb any germs back into your system. That way, you don’t have tiny droplets twinkling through the air every time someone coughs in your classroom.

Remember these three quick tips for a healthy classroom during cold season. Though there are many more ways to reduce the impact of the flu season on your classroom, these healthy living basics will save you and your students from the worst of it.

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