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Re: [teacherartexchange] h1n1 and sponges


Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 10:55:22 PST

H1N1 is spread the same way as "regular" flu. During past flu seasons, how
have you cleaned the tables? The best way to prevent its spread is making
sure the kids cough and sneeze in a way that keeps the airborne droplets from
going all over the place, and by washing their hands after coughing or
sneezing. They should not be touching their noses and mouths (I just tell
them to avoid touching their faces, period).

The children with health issues--how are they being protected in other
classes? Are they wearing face masks?

Frankly, I wouldn't be too worried about the use of sponges. Or maybe you can
get more of them so you can change them each class?


> Hi all,
> I don't know how most of you have kids clean tables, but I have been using
> sponges for years. They don't get replaced until they are getting torn or
> gross. With all the h1n1 flu going around, I have been wondering if our
> sponges are a breeding ground. Does anyone have another way they use to clean
> up glue and paint from tables besides reusing sponges? I could microwave them
> at the end of the day, but that only works to protect the first class the next
> day. With back to back classes, I couldn't do it for every class. Any ideas
> would be appreciated. I have several students with fragile health conditions,
> so it is a concern. Colleen
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