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Flu Prevention 101!

Posted on: January 17, 2020
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Fighting the flu in our buildings

So far, our attendance at WCS is holding steady, but surrounding schools are seeing an increase in flu cases. In October, we started to see an increase in illness absenteeism in one of our buildings. Student and staff absences increased in a larger number than usual. With the decreasing cost in new electrostatic sprayers, WCS set out to look for ways to help our staff keep buildings sanitized and reduce illness absences.  In our buildings, here’s what we are doing to slow down the spread of viruses:

 

  • When the students and staff have gone home for the afternoon/evening, our custodial staff beginning their cleaning procedures to prepare for everyone’s return.  

    • The shift begins with emptying wastebaskets, sweeping classrooms, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping hallways, and cleaning glass.  

    • Next comes sanitizing tabletops, desks, door handles, stair rails and touch points throughout a building.

  • We purchased electrostatic sprayers.

  • In addition to our regular daily/weekly cleaning, we started weekly electrostatic spraying/sanitizing of classrooms, restrooms, lunchrooms, and all building touchpoints. Within two weeks, the number of absences decreased greatly.   

  • Over the holiday break, we expanded electrostatic cleaning to all of our school buildings and finally to our buses in January.

So what exactly are electrostatic sprayers?  Electrostatic sprayers positive charge ions in a cleaning solution so that the solution will “cling to or wrap around” negative charge surfaces (Desks, chairs, door handles, walls, desk legs, etc) and start the sanitation process.  The sprayers give an eco-friendly approach to disinfection by spraying up to 65% less chemicals per square foot. This process allows us to apply an even coating on all surfaces without the need to touch or wipe the surfaces and reduces cross-contamination from using a rag (dependent on solution spraying). This provides a fast and effective application method while using less solution.

We cannot stop the passing of the flu from person to person, but we can certainly slow down the process of coming in contact the virus within our school buildings. 

 

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How you can help at home

At home, you can help by reminding kids to do the following:

  1. When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow/sleeve

  2. Wash, wash, wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, blow your nose. 

  3. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth - germs like to spread that way

  4. Get plenty of sleep and eat right.

  5. Smile - it actually boosts your immune system!

Check out this great video with your kids: Flu Prevention Song for Kids on YouTube* from Hampton Primary School.

Remember, if they are running a fever keep them at home.