For most of us, spending our days in clean, safe surroundings is essential to our health and wellbeing. This is especially true at school. With hundreds, sometimes thousands of people crammed into a relatively limited space, schools are hotbeds for germs and bacteria.
Thorough cleaning combats the spread of germs, but for those schools whose cleaning standards do lapse, the consequences can be disastrous. From health, to academic achievement and, ultimately, school rankings, there are many reasons why it is vital to keep on top of your school’s cleaning.
The spread of germs is undoubtedly detrimental to the health of both students and teachers. Not only is illness an unpleasant experience for the individual, it’s also bound to quickly spread and affect dozens of others if surfaces are not disinfected. The only way to protect the health of your those in your school is to keep the place spotless so any bacteria is wiped out, and fast.
Morale and motivation
A clean learning environment is vital in order to keep students focused and happy. Dirt and mess are distracting and can negatively impact concentration. This goes for teachers too, as a nicer workplace will inevitably make their jobs less stressful. A clean school is better for productivity, as happier teachers are more committed to their jobs and, as a result, deliver better teaching.
Teachers, like their students, need to take time off should they get ill. Not only does teacher sick leave have a serious impact on students’ success, it can also incur a significant cost. Fewer teacher sick days will mean your school saves on the cost of substitute teachers, and ends up in a better financial position.
An unclean school can lead to slipping academic standards. Nearly 22 million school days are lost annually to the common cold, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has been proven that children who miss more school underperform. What’s more, sick days have an adverse effect on attendance statistics. Preventing sick days will result in a stronger academic performance and higher school ranking.