How a Clean School Guarantees Healthier Students
A number of experts over the years have shed light on the link between academic performance and student health with many stressing on the need for students to stay fit in order to succeed in school. If students stay healthy, then they are more likely to attend school and stay motivated to study. An article published in the 2015 volume of School Psychology International further elaborated on these findings by highlighting the increased probability of students with poor health facing problems related to school failure, grade retention and even dropout. Another study recently conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the costs and benefits of green schools saw that a cleaner school environment resulted in a 15% reduction in absenteeism and a 5% increase in test scores.
Fortunately, one of the ways student health can be guaranteed is by giving them a clean and safe learning environment. This can be done in the following ways:
- Disinfection and Preventing the Spread of Bacteria: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), allergens related to poor cleaning practices contribute to increased respiratory and asthma symptoms among children. It is therefore necessary to enforce a proper cleaning and disinfection program that focuses on the effective cleaning and sanitization of germ-prone surfaces such as door handles, desks and restrooms.
- Safe Cleaning: Sometimes irritants found in cleaning products themselves are the cause for respiratory problems within students. Therefore it is crucial for workers to handle sensitive cleaning chemicals in a way in which student health is not adversely affected.
- Safe Disposal of Waste: One of the other ways in which bacteria can spread is by improper disposal of waste. Use of gloves and ͚No-Touch͛ waste baskets can help prevent the spread of infections and also encourage students to engage in safe cleaning practices.
Students can remain healthy if school environments are kept clean and maintained. By following an effective cleaning and maintenance program, schools can ensure that their students stay healthy and continue to excel at school.
Diversified Maintenance has experience providing janitorial services to public school systems, private schools, universities and colleges. All employees have undergone extensive background checks and have been given training in the proper use of harmful cleaning chemicals and equipment to reduce the risk of any accidents as well as ensure that all areas are cleaned thoroughly and efficiently. In addition, we maintain strict quality controls to ensure that the highest standards of health, cleanliness and safety are upheld.
By displaying our commitment towards hygiene and cleanliness, we have managed to encourage and motivate students to adopt the same cleaning practices and keep their surrounding environment clean and germ-free.