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Prevent Germs in Your Classroom

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of a new school year and its possibilities! There is one possibility, however, that is not so fun, and that is the genuine threat of germs. Seasoned providers and parents know that school can bring colds, coughs, and stomach flu that spread quickly in the classroom. You can prevent and reduce germs in your classroom by initiating healthy practices and activities for students, staff, and your environment.

How to Minimize the Spread Of Germs At School

One of the best ways to minimize the spread of germs at school is to build routines around personal care and classroom clean up and safety. Providers can create regular practices for children and cleaning schedules for staff. It is essential to have a full stock of sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other approved cleaning materials and that all items are safely stored. Protocols for food safety, diapering areas, toys, and sleeping areas should be clearly outlined for all staff. The California child care licensing regulations chart provides a helpful breakdown of which stations to clean, sanitize or disinfect.

Promote Hand Washing

Hand washing is vital to keep kids and adults healthy in the classroom (and all settings)! As you know, young learners do best with routines. When children can predict what happens next, they are more likely to positively engage in necessary activities like washing their hands before meals, after the bathroom, and coming in from outside play. Adding a catchy song can be another helpful tool to build hygiene habits.

Scrub scrub scrub.

Rub a dub dub.

Twist your hands together!

Teaching Little Ones About Germs

Curious little students will also want to know more about germs, what they are and where they come from. The pepper experiment is a simple way to illustrate how germs work and what we can do to stop them:

  • Fill a bowl with water.
  • Sprinkle pepper on top. The pepper illustrates the germs.
  • First, have a child stick their finger in the bowl.
  • Practice observation; watch as the pepper sticks to their fingers.
  • Second, dip a finger with soap on it in the water. See how it dispels the pepper.
  • Thoroughly wash their hands; you don’t want anyone with pepper in their eyes

Health for All

The state requires that children, staff, and volunteers be current on certain vaccines. The California Department of Public Health offers tools on staff and child immunizations and how to implement immunization requirements. The Vaccines for Children Program provides families extensive information on vaccines including where they can get free immunizations.

National Child Health Day

The first Monday of every October marks National Child Health Day. The purpose is to focus on childhood physical and mental health, education, and the importance of creating access to care for all. San Bernardino County has organizations that connect children and families to services, preventative tools, and health-building resources.



  • Benefits Cal is a one stop to apply for food, cash aid and health coverage programs.

Visit the QSSB directory for more state and local resources!

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