Anyone involved in the running of a school or nursery knows how quickly an illness or infection can spread among staff and pupils.
Within days, a significant proportion of the school could be sick and unable to attend.
Illnesses can spread like wildfire. A school is the ideal breeding ground for viruses and bugs because many different people use them every day. Getting children to maintain a good level of hygiene can also be a major challenge.
Some of the most common offenders are:
- Flu viruses
- Norovirus and other diarrhoea and vomiting bugs
- Chickenpox and shingles
- These illnesses and infections can have a devastating effect on a school’s performance when it comes to attendance. This is a key indicator of how a school is judged to be excellent, very good, good, average, or poor these days.
So, anything which can help prevent the spread of these infections and diseases in schools can only help those running them achieve the goals they are set for attendance.
How are schools combatting the spread of viruses and bugs?
Two of the key ways schools in Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Swansea can combat the spread of these illnesses and infections are encouraging high standards of personal hygiene, particularly hand washing, and maintaining a clean environment where germs cannot linger on door handles, desks, keyboards, handrails, washrooms, and other school equipment to infect more pupils and staff.
Hand washing should be carried out with liquid soap and hot water, and paper towels should be used. Reminder notices are important and should be placed in toilets and kitchen areas.
A school which is cleaned thoroughly and regularly will reduce the risk that micro-organisms are lurking in dust or grime, or on the key areas staff and pupils touch every day.
Alongside the common offenders, a good cleaning regime can also help cut the spread of more serious infections such as E.coli, C-Difficile, and MRSA.
How do you choose the right school cleaning contractor?
A&R Cleaning Services Managing Director Rayner Davies said: “Every school needs to be getting the best cleaning service they can to ensure their attendance figures aren’t hit by illnesses.
“Ask your contractor if they have experience of cleaning in a school environment. Ask to see their procedures for maintaining an excellent cleanliness regime. Ask how their staff are trained and monitored. Ask whether they carry our spot inspections to maintain the quality of their service. These are all things we do – setting us apart from other contractors.
“Some contractors will offer a cheaper service but use multi-purpose cleaning products. Schools need a cleaning company which won’t do that, one which will insist on the more effective, specialist commercial cleaning products – just like A&R Cleaning Services.
“Our children’s health is of paramount importance, and we understand that.”
How can A&R help you?
Our experienced cleaning service understands the importance of a monitored, controlled cleaning regime. We already deliver that to Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Swansea schools.
- Use colour-coded cleaning equipment to prevent cross contamination
- Use specialist products which are effective at combatting the spread of major infections such as MRSA, E.coli, and C-difficile
- Pay special attention to toilets, kitchens, changing rooms, and medical areas
- Use cleaning products which contain both a detergent and a disinfectant and which will kill any micro-organisms
- Understand the importance of following the manufacturer’s instructions and that cleaners take precautions which comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
- Clean bodily fluids with disposable paper towels rather than mops
- Separate infectious waste from normal waste
If you need any advice on a cleaning regime for your school, or a quote for contract cleaning, call us on 01656 713950 or arrange a call back here.