If you are an elementary school teacher, or even a college professor, you probably know how quickly illness is spread in the classroom. As soon as the weather turns cool, somebody comes to school coughing and sneezing, with a runny nose and various other cold symptoms. Before you know it, the classroom is filled with coughs and sneezes.
Teach Students to Avoid the Flu: Make them wash their hands
Young children often don’t understand the importance of washing their hands after using the restroom or before eating lunch. To be honest, lots of adults don’t understand that concept. When I was in elementary school, our class would take trips to the bathroom, where we would wash our hands and line up for lunch. Sickness can be avoided simply by washing your hands frequently.
Teach Students to Avoid the Flu: Have hand sanitizer available
Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer available in the classroom. This way, your students won’t have to leave the classroom a zillion times to wash their hands. Hand sanitizers are able to kill about 99 percent of germs and having it available might encourage children to clean their hands more often.
Teach Students to Avoid the Flu: Encourage them to cover their mouths
A cough or sneeze travels extremely quickly, and germs may land on neighboring desks, papers, and pens. By covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, sick germs are less likely to make someone else ill. Teach your young students to cover their mouths to help avoid spreading the flu in your classroom.
Teach Students to Avoid the Flu: Have tissues handy
It is good to cover your mouth, but it’s even better to sneeze into a tissue. Then throw the tissue – and the germs – into a nearby trash can. If there are no tissues available, teach your students to sneeze into their arm, rather than their hand, to help avoid spreading the flu.
Teach Students to Avoid the Flu: Send them home if they are sick
If one of your students comes down with flu-like symptoms, send him home. By keeping him in school, he will only be enabled to spread the illness to other students in your classroom. It’s better to have one student missing from your class, rather than half the student body – and possibly even yourself.
It’s a good idea to teach young students in the classroom how to avoid the flu before they can catch it and spread it throughout the entire class. Teachers everywhere can see how quickly illness spreads and, once it starts, it just keeps going. Teach your students to avoid flu in the classroom before it becomes a problem.
The Contagious Classroom
Avoid spreading the flu