Healthy Student Guide
Only a month into a new school year, and we are already seeing the effects of having so many bodies in close proximity. The stuffy heads, barking coughs and fevers are beginning their annual tour through the student body. As we continue to pray for healing for those afflicted, there are some basic practices we can ALL do to minimize the sharing of these viruses.
The chance of getting a communicable illness increases with more bodies in the building, all of whom are touching each other in casual contact and common areas, such as bathroom doors, drinking fountains, and desk tops. One of the best ways to reduce the germs in these public areas is through the practice of
good hand washing.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, soap and water is still the best option, topping even the alcohol based hand sanitizers. Water temperature doesn’t have a measurable effect on germs, so simply choose what is comfortable for you and start scrubbing. Work the soap into a good lather for a minimum of 15 seconds (or the duration of a short song for younger children) and then begin rinsing. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid skin irritation from the soap residue. Paper towels are voted the most sanitary for drying hands. They also provide a way to turn off the water faucet and open the bathroom door without re-exposure to lurking germs.
Please review this practice with your family to help keep all who use our building healthy. And may God grant all of use a healthy school year!