Influenza Safety for the Classroom
An influenza outbreak is a serious concern in any school environment. The number of students in one room paired with the general nature of a classroom creates a situation in which germs and bacteria are easily transferred from person to person. With flu season upon us, it’s close to inevitable that germs will be shared and illnesses will be spread among students and staff. The last thing you need is for the virus to hit and leave half of your instructors out sick.
However, there are ways you can limit the spread of illness in the classroom. In addition to your normal health and hygiene strategies, consider the following suggestions to ramp up your health efforts during a flu outbreak in your community:
- Inform instructors to stay home and request a substitute when sick
- Encourage parents to keep children home when they’re not feeling well
- Educate students about the symptoms of influenza and instruct them to tell their parents if they’re feeling sick
- Call the student’s parents to pick them up if they’re obviously suffering from influenza symptoms
- Plan activities that students can work on independently and avoid group contact or sharing of materials
- Keep frequently touched objects and clean throughout the day – ask students to help clean and disinfect objects
Teach students how to:
- Wash their hands properly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available) – require frequent hand-washing
- Avoid touching their nose, mouth and eyes
- Cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose it
- Wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose
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