- January 27, 2018 at 3:43 PM #43235
I wonder if others have experimented with ways to help reduce winter sickness? While I never know what or if any of them make any significant difference, I routinely try a number of things. On top of the list is prayer. Then too I actively encourage drinking lots of water. Since each student has a water bottle at their desk, we periodically all “drink 1-2 inches of water”! I wonder if lots of plants in the classroom might help since it raises the oxygen level? At a co-teacher’s initiative, we daily disinfect the door handles. A doctor I know recommended using an essential oil called proshield that he says helps purify the air, so that scent regularly fills the air in my classroom. When I forgot to turn this on yesterday, a student with a miserable cold specifically asked me for it because it helps him. Listing all these things makes me feel a bit overly zealous. All I wish to do is create an environment where germs find it a bit harder to flourish.
- January 29, 2018 at 3:29 PM #43257
I was speaking with a local nurse yesterday and she reminded me that having the students frequently wash their hands is one of the best defenses. She also recommended having hand sanitizer available.
- January 29, 2018 at 5:05 PM #43259
I know I’m the one who was grousing about absences in another thread, but I’ve been wondering if we should encourage parents to more readily keep students home when they’re showing symptoms of illness. (And more readily keep ourselves home, too.) Would this prevent illness from spreading, and lead to fewer absences in the long run? Perhaps somebody’s researched this…
- February 2, 2018 at 1:47 PM #44813
I did some noodling around, and here’s what I came up with. Colds are no big deal; they’re a fact of life, more annoying than dangerous or incapacitating. But the flu and other illnesses are serious, and should keep people home.
From this article:
How do you know when to keep your child home from school?
Ask Yourself 3 Things
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you answer a few key questions.
1. Does your child have a fever? Fevers of 101 F or more are generally a sign of illness, so children should stay home from school.
2. Is your child well enough to participate in class? If she seems too run down to get much out of her lessons, keep her home.
3. Does she have an illness like the flu or pinkeye? If you think she might, don’t let her go back to school until you know she’s not contagious anymore.
- February 3, 2018 at 7:48 PM #44911
With young children, it is hard to keep the germs from spreading. Water is a good thing. We spray shared surface areas (door handles, water coolers, faucet handles, etc.) frequently during “epidemics”. I encourage hand-washing. I also teach students to cough or sneeze into their elbows rather than cover their mouth with their hands. Weather permitting, students are encouraged to get some fresh air. During times when there are lots of germs floating around, one of my co-teachers has set out onions that cut in half–supposedly they attract and filter out germs. And for myself, I make sure I take vitamin D3 every day.
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