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Re: [teacherartexchange] h1n1 and sponges


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 11:04:46 PST

For what it's worth, here's how my school is dealing with the
situation. We were each given a spray bottle of antibacterial
cleaning solution and two white rags. We are to wipe down all the
tables, light switches, doorknobs, and pencil sharpeners each day,
then on Friday, leave the rags outside our doors to be laundered. We
get them back on Monday, then do it again.

So far, the epidemic hasn't hit our school too badly. It's impossible
to keep people from getting sick, but I guess every little bit helps.
of course, what Maggie said about making sure kids sneeze into the
crooks of their arms and not all over their hands or neighbors is a
biggie, too.

Rebecca Burch
Charleston Catholic HS
Charleston WV

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM, <> wrote:
> 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?
> Maggie
> > 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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