School Sanitation and Hygiene: School Areas to Focus on for a Healthier Learning Environment

children getting onto school busThe NZ education system designates 13 academic year levels of schooling for children, which means that students spend a significant amount of those 13 years within school premises. Because students spend a lot of time in schools, schools have the responsibility of providing a safe and conducive environment for learning and development.

Sanitation and hygiene play a big part in helping students focus on school. Apart from making students feel safe, clean facilities reduce the risk of prolonged absences caused by illnesses and accidents.

The entire school must be kept clean at all times, but some areas require more attention than others. Here are those areas:

Restroom

Dirty restrooms are hotbeds for germs and viruses, which can easily infect students with weak immune systems or open wounds. Stagnant water puddles can be breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

School restrooms need daily cleaning. Water quality needs to be safe. The material also matters; for example, commercial toilet wall and cubicle panels made of a durable laminate can have anti-bacterial and water-resistant features, helping them stay sanitary while withstanding heavy traffic.

Cafeteria

School cafeterias also face heavy foot traffic. The student population uses it at regular intervals on a normal schoolday, all throughout an entire term or year. Sticky residue from food or spillage from drinks all need to be cleaned immediately; otherwise, the mess accumulates. Food contamination may occur in an unsanitary cafeteria, which can affect many students.

Classroom

The classroom hosts the majority of all student activities, making its cleanliness a priority. Lingering odours and dusty interiors not only distract students from learning but also cause health problems. Schools may encourage students to take part in keeping the classroom clean by distributing responsibilities such as dusting, vacuuming and mopping.

Learning and development are always top priorities for any school, and fostering a conducive environment plays a big part in those achievements. In addition, clean schools not only help students learn their lessons but also make them aware of the importance of health and cleanliness, both for them and the environment.