Back to School: Keeping Your Classroom Clean
Picture this. You’re quietly getting all the activities ready for your next class and trying to get ahead for the days to come. In the distance, you hear a rumbling and you know it’s time. 30 little kids run in after lunch and recess. Half of them are covered in sticky PB&J while the other half is covered in grass stains and mud.
After the day is over, you look around your classroom and realize; it’s dirty, smelly and filled with germs! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million sick days are taken each year due to the common cold alone. Luckily, Berk International has the tips and cleaning products that will help you keep your classroom crystal clean and smelling fresh.
Germs in the Classroom
Research done at the University of Arizona found that desk surfaces, computer keyboards, and computer mouses ranked high in levels of five bacteria:
- E. coli
- Klebsiella pneumonia
- Staphylococcus aureus
Implement a sanitizing station somewhere in the classroom where kids can wash their hands or even wipe them down with a sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer. This will help germs from spreading on everything that your students touch (which is a lot). To reinforce the sanitizing station, have your students wash their hands before being allowed to sit in their seats.
Creating a designated space in your classroom for their belongings helps to not only declutter the classroom, but it also keeps the dirt from their belongings contained to a specific area. Cubbies or hooks to hang their belongings is the most ideal!
Before each class, it’s important to take the time to wipe down the tables and chairs where your students sit. A lot of germs can culminate on those areas and to avoid spreading them, a simple wipedown will keep your class from being full of sniffling and sneezing kiddos. If you don’t have the time to do this job, it’s a smart idea to incorporate “cleanup monitors” that will happily help clean up the room.
Keeping your classroom clean and tidy will not only keep your students happy and healthy, but it will allow you to teach them about the importance of washing their hands and practicing cleanliness in their everyday lives. At Berk International, we have all your go-to cleaning supplies to ensure your students are happy and healthy. Contact us today to get your classroom stocked and ready to go!