A recently released report from Resolve concludes that schools can and should be open for in-person learning this fall, as long as safety measures like social distancing, mask-wearing and proper ventilation are in place.
To that we’d add one obvious measure: handwashing.
Like Tork, we believe that good hygiene is everyone’s business.
In our post-COVID world, safe hygiene practices are no longer an afterthought. Instead, they are critical for preserving the health and safety of everyone, including students and their parents, teachers and staff. As school administrators take steps to ensure the safety of those in their charge, we hope they will consider these points:
- Air dryers have fallen from favor, with more than half of restroom users preferring self-dispensing paper towels to dry their hands.
- Paper towels that dispense one at time cut down on paper waste, and the friction of paper against skin helps to remove more germs.
- Touch-free soap dispensers for both liquid and foam soap are stylish, intuitive to use and fill, and help minimize the spread of germs.
And, as students, teachers and staff return to the routine of in-school learning, it won’t hurt to remind them of the benefits of good handwashing, particularly after nose-blowing, coughing or sneezing, before and after preparing food and eating, and after using the toilet or touching trash.
We are truly in this together, and working together to keep our schools safe helps to keep everyone safe, both now and as we continue adjusting to our new-normal, post-COVID world.