Back to basics for a healthy school year

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

As students prepare to head back to school there are a few health lessons parents need to touch up on.

11 News Reporter Chiara Lotierzo has more on old rules and a new policy for health.

Thunder Mountain Elementary School Custodian Allan Williams knows all about the messes little students can make, “The bathrooms, they are a daily affair, especially with the little ones,” he says.

There are certain trouble areas, “The bathrooms, contact areas as they go in and out. And also when they enter and exit out of the lunch room, especially after they've eaten, they go out and everything they touch has got food,” he says.

Williams and his team of custodians is cleaning and sanitizing the school from top to bottom, getting ready for another year of sharing lessons, sharing fun, and sharing germs.

'As we're headed back to school, it's very important that parents teach their kids basic healthy habits.”

Kristy Emerson with the Mesa County Health Department says back to school means back to basics.

'This is going to include washing their hands frequently, using a kleenex... using the crook of their arm when they need to cough or sneeze, using a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available,” she says.

And Emerson says there's new homework for parents this year.

Because of the H1N1 virus parents 'really' need to keep sick kids home from school and says make arrangements now.

“If that means that parents need to work with an aunt or uncle or friends to have a backup plan for childcare if they're sick, they need to think through that before school starts,” she says.

But even in the thick of it all, Williams says he only gets sick about once a year and says it's all thanks to 'Hygiene, we do a lot of washing our hands and keeping cleaning.’

And he hopes parents will teach their kids to do the same.

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