How many of you are frantically cleaning your classrooms as soon as you have students leave? If you are anything like me, your hands are dry and the classroom smells like a chlorox bomb exploded!
We have had so many sweet students absent lately due to a terrible virus, the dreaded flu, and strep. It seems like everytime we turn around, someone else is getting sick. Because my students change classes, I find myself constantly wiping down desks, doors, the pencil sharpener, and markers all day long. Because I feel like I am cleaning as much as I am teaching, I have put some new practices into my classroom:
1. Before the end of each class, I hand the first person on each row a wipe. They wipe each desk down while the others are lining up. If more wipes are needed, I give them freely!
2. I have a door wiper! This saves me time to do some last minute things in class. I usually choose a student whose behavior was good and who looks like he/she needs to get up and move around for a minute.
3. I assign a homeroom student to wipe down the pencil sharpener and another student to wipe down the "community" pencil cup.
4. I handle wiping down the markers for the SmartBoard and dry-erase markers.
5. I have hand sanitizer available in three places in the classroom, and encourage its use.
6. And finally, I preach to the students about washing their hands and the proper methods of covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
What are some ways that you keep your classroom as germ-free as possible?
This past week, my little girl had the flu. I have stayed home with her because she needed me and I just could't bear to leave her with anyone else as sick as she has been. My house has undergone a major deep cleaning. It needed it! Now, we are germ-free, fever-free and ready for the weekend!
I hope that each of you have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend!