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Schools and Child Care Settings

Information for Parents:

Information for Schools:

Other Facts:

  • Every year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness.(National Health Interview Survey, 1995)
  • Approximately 1/5 of the U.S. population attends or works in schools. (U.S. Dept of Ed, 1999)
  • Some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to 2 hours or more on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. (Ansari, 1988; Scott and Bloomfield, 1989)
  • Addressing the spread of germs in schools is essential to the health of our youth, our schools, and our nation.
  • Students need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink water, and eat good food to help them stay healthy in the winter and all year