February 10, 2022 admin
Ensuring infection-free school campuses: Everything from masks to sanitization
Infection Control Solution For Schools:
As schools reopen, it’s critical to take precautions both inside the building and on campus. Understanding COVID-19, how it spreads, and how to protect ourselves and others is a critical first step in developing classroom rules and regulations. To follow the rules, students must first comprehend what they are dealing with. Listen to their worries and thoughts, and respond to their queries in a way that is age-appropriate. Discuss the many questions kids might have and explain that they are typical responses to an unusual event.
Make sure you get your COVID-19 information from credible sources like the government and the WHO. We can protect our own health and the health of others around us by staying educated about the situation and following the suggestions of public health professionals.
Maintaining physical distance between students in the classroom:
When it comes to physical separation, it’s critical to set certain classroom ground rules that follow your school’s administration’s policies as well as Ministry of Health and/or local health bodies protocols.
• Maintain distance between everyone present at school. • Increase desk spacing (at least 1 m between desks), and stagger recesses/breaks and lunch breaks (one alternative is to have lunch at desks) • Mixing classes for school and after-school activities should be avoided. • Avoid crowding during school or daycare pick-ups. • Maintain spacing in lineups around doors with signs, ground markings, tape, barricades, and other techniques. • Discuss how to manage physical education and sports sessions • Move lessons outside or ventilate rooms as much as possible • Encourage kids not to congregate and mingle in large groups after they leave the school grounds
To do: To encourage your students to stick to the rules, it can be helpful to get them involved in this distancing plan. Make a list together of how students will greet one another, how desks will be organized, and physical barriers that will be used during lunch breaks.
Hand Hygiene and health:
Teachers must lead by example in the classroom to ensure that students understand the safeguards they must take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Handwashing is one of the simplest, cost-effective, and successful ways to prevent germs from spreading and keep kids and staff healthy.
Teach your students how to wash their hands in simple steps.
1. Use enough soap to completely cover wet hands.
2. Scrub your hands from top to bottom.
3. Rinse under running water completely.
4. To keep your hands germ-free, use sanitizer liquid.
Use a hand sanitizer if there isn’t a sink, running water, or soap at the school. ProWipes-EN and ProWipe-IP are ideal sanitizers to be used during to ensure your hands are infection-free. One can even opt for a non-alcoholic hand sanitizer Pro-Wipes-NAHS Were you aware of this? As long as you use soap, both cold and warm water will destroy bacteria and viruses.
• Encourage children to wash their hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizers at crucial points in the day, such as entering and exiting the classroom, touching surfaces, learning materials, and books, and after sneezing or coughing.
• Encourage students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, even if they have clean hands. Germs can spread around the classroom by transferring from those spots to their clean hands.
• Encourage frequent handwashing and sanitation, as well as the acquisition of necessary supplies. Prepare and maintain soap and water handwashing stations, and place hand sanitizers in each classroom, at entrances and exits, and near lunchrooms and bathrooms, if possible.
To Do Identify some practical steps/activities you may use to show students how to practice excellent hygiene.
• Have kids create hygiene posters for the classroom
• Establish a hand hygiene ritual You can schedule a period during the day for everyone to wash their hands/apply hand sanitizer, such as before or after lunch.
• Demonstrate how to properly wash and sanitize your hands.
• Implement a point system in your classroom, rewarding kids for washing their hands or using hand sanitizer.
Using Masks on campus:
If your school encourages students to wear masks, make sure they understand when they should wear them and any related school procedures, such as how to properly dispose of worn masks to reduce the danger of infected masks in classrooms and playgrounds. Discuss proper mask handling and storage with your students.
Disinfection and cleaning: Detailed instructions on how to keep your classroom clean and infection-free. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as desks, worktops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, taps, phones, and toys, on a daily basis.
Clean any surfaces or objects that are clearly filthy right away. If surfaces or objects have been soiled with bodily fluids or blood, use gloves and take additional precautions to avoid coming into touch with the fluid. After cleaning and disinfecting the area, remove the spill.
Cleaning advice for employees:
• Make sure you understand all of the directions on the labels and that you know how to use them safely and appropriately.
• Stick to the instructions on the labels.
• Gloves or eye protection are frequently required while using cleaning chemicals and disinfectants. When working with bleach solutions, for instance, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands.
• Make sure that disinfectants have appropriate contact time.
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• Explain the importance for avoiding high-risk and high-touch locations in their school/classroom. For example, keeping classroom doors open to prevent touching doorknobs or not touching the handrail when walking up and down the stairs.
• As a group, come up with some rules and write them down on a flipchart paper that you can display in the classroom later.
• Make colorful posters or reminders to hang in the corridors to remind others to follow the sanitation regulations.