It’s that time of year when many people are sniffling and sneezing and doing their best to fight off or overcome a winter cold. While schools inherently have lots of little germs from lots of little kids, there are a few easy things that we do to keep things clean and germ-free.
The cleanliness of our classrooms is a top priority for us, as it not only makes the classrooms a more pleasant place to be, but also works to fend off the germs and bacteria that are inevitably found in an early childhood classroom. All of our teachers work throughout the year to sanitize their classrooms every day. Toys and manipulatives are regularly sprayed with a disinfectant, nap mats are wiped down weekly, and surfaces in the classroom are wiped many times each day. We also ensure proper hand-washing throughout the day, as that is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs. In addition to this everyday cleanliness, preschool aides are busy during school holidays disinfecting and sanitizing all of the toys and manipulatives in our preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms. This deep cleaning takes place twice per year and is a very extensive process, but it is well worth the effort.
Part of maintaining our NAEYC Accreditation is our adherence to cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting standards set forth by NAEYC. We comply with this cleaning schedule through a coordinated partnership with Fairmont’s maintenance team, and we appreciate their support in helping us meet and exceed these high standards of cleaning.
How can you help keep Fairmont a clean and healthy school? You can help reinforce proper hand washing at home by making sure your child uses soap and warm water, practices scrubbing between their fingers, and washes long enough to get all the germs off. A fun way to time this is to sing the happy birthday song or the ABCs. Another way to help is to be sure to keep your little one at home when they are sick. Students are not to return to school within 24 hours of a fever or vomiting, and if your child is heavily congested please keep them at home to get better. You can also teach your child to “cough in their cuff” and “sneeze in their sleeve.” Notice that this isn’t telling them to cover their mouths, but rather keeps their germs off of their little hands. If we all do our part, our kids will stay healthy and happy!