Illness can have a substantial impact not only on student achievement but also on a school's budget. Through promoting hand hygiene and ensuring proper cleaning and disinfecting practices in schools, administrators can help ensure better health and education outcomes.
Absenteeism is expensive! When students are sick, they miss classes, school meals, and extracurricular opportunities. Teachers must spend time reteaching absent students, and parents lose workdays and accrue healthcare expenses. When teachers are sick, the school has to pay for substitutes. Proper cleaning and hand hygiene can help keep sick days to a minimum and keep the school community healthier.
The amount of time some foodborne illness strains can live on surfaces
The average number of teacher illness-related absences, in contrast to 4.5 student sick days on average
The total amount of money missed school days cost the U.S. each year
Equip your staff with materials to teach and reinforce good hygiene habits throughout your school for a healthy and successful academic year.
This on-demand webinar designed for school nurses features CDC experts talking about how to create a school health plan that takes into consideration the vital role of hand hygiene.
This CDC toolkit is intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, other school staff, families, and communities.