Teachers who find it more challenging than ever to maintain a healthy and clean their classroom for students, according to a recent survey of teachers.
The survey found that 90 percent of teachers think it is "common for students to come to school sick." Only about 30 percent said their school custodial staff disinfects classes regularly.
"Germs are often spread through surface contact yet many teachers do not have the time or the tools to combat these germs," said Dr. Paul S. Horowitz, medical director of heritage Emanuel Children's Hospital adolescent and pediatric clinics in Portland, Oregon "these differences can have a direct impact the health and welfare of students and teachers.”
More than 70 percent of teachers say they have missed school because of diseases they believe they capture of one of their students. Surveys conducted by children's publisher Scholastic and released during the American Medical Association and National PTA media briefing on children's health.
Encouraging children to live a healthy lifestyle outside of the classroom are very important in disease prevention, said Janis Hottman, a registered nurse and former president of the National Association of nursing school.
"Health habits of school children has a direct impact on what happens to them and their classmates during school," said Hottman.
Doctors offers the following tips for parents:
Make sure that your children wash their hands. This is the most effective method for prevention of the disease. Hands should be scrubbed for 10-15 seconds.
* Do not let your children to share equipment. Although learning to share is important, this does not apply for cups, glasses or cutlery.
* Make sure your children get enough sleep. Lack of sleep stressed immune system. Most children need at least eight hours of sleep per night.
* Allows for a full recovery. Do not send your children to school when they are sick.
* Keep your child up-to-date on vaccines. New vaccines guard against dangerous diseases, including meningitis.
"We have come so far in protecting public health as a result of the extensive immunization," said Dr. Walter A. Orenstein, director of the Association of Emory Vaccine Center in Atlanta, Ga. "We protect each other to vaccinate our children."