Nine CDC Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success

To have a great school year, kids need to stay healthy. Healthy students are better learners. CDC has tips and resources for parents and schools to help children and teens get fit and stay healthy whether they’re just starting kindergarten or heading off to high school.

“As a parent and grandparent, I know that back-to-school time is a busy time. Yet, I encourage parents and students to be mindful of some health essentials to add to your to-do lists,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Getting a flu shot this fall, frequent hand-washing, and staying active all contribute to a healthier and more productive academic year.”

Train Staff On Proper Cleaning And Disinfecting

Training workers to clean and disinfect is essential — as is allotting them adequate time in which to do their work. Unfortunately, this is an area where many hospitals fall short, say industry experts. 

“One of the biggest challenges in the industry is time,” says Solomon. “Often EVS staff is being pushed to clean and disinfect quicker, but unfortunately, there is a time factor involved with cleaning and disinfecting a room. So [facility cleaning managers] need to put value on EVS and allow them the time needed to clean and disinfect properly.”

Similarly, the onus is on EVS staff to recognize and adhere to appropriate dwell times when applying disinfectant.

How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.

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