Overcrowded Schools Require Extra Sanitation Efforts

17 July 2012, 18:47 admin posted in UncategorizedComments Off

We all know that disease spreads quickly when people are in tight quarters. Remember the recent outbreaks of Norovirus on a number of large cruise ships? Schools are similar to cruise ships, in that large numbers of people are enclosed in a fairly small area for many hours. Colds and viruses, like the flu and whooping cough, can spread like wildfire in these situations.

Bacteria doubles every twenty minutes, from bacteria found in the school bathroom, to bacteria on the desks. When you take school overcrowding into consideration, the scenario becomes even more serious. According to the United States Department of Education, 22% of American schools are overcrowded. Too many students, and not enough space, turn the school into a sort of petri dish where any and every disease is apt to proliferate.

In this situation, school sanitation becomes an issue of high importance. Preventative measures must exist in every section of the school, to ensure the spread of disease is kept to a minimum. The most important places to focus sanitation efforts on are the cafeteria and the bathrooms. Other less obvious areas need attention as well. Doorknobs and desks must be sanitized regularly. One activity that the entire school community can participate in is hand washing. It does an excellent job of preventing the spread of disease and viruses. Students should be reminded of this fact often, and posters must be placed in bathrooms, and all areas where food is served.

With attention to detail, and a bit of effort, it’s possible to reduce the spread of disease. Keeping a tight rein on sanitation efforts has other benefits that can’t be overlooked. A healthy school community results in less absenteeism for students and employees, as well as fewer healthcare costs. Just remember the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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