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. 

Key Stats



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