November is the time to get sick. Kids can take the day off; you can’t. You have to sniffle to work, cough while lecturing and overall feel badly. There are a few things you can do to make your room feel a little healthier, while probably helping that funky smell problem, too.
- Buy hand sanitizer. I went to Costco at the beginning of the year and bought 2 gallon pumps of sanitizer. This has made me feel so much better just having the ability to get some cooties off of my hands since the nearest bathroom/sink is in the office.
- Clorox Wipe Everything. At the end of the week, I wipe down the piano, my podium and my desk. I am amazed at how disgusting it is even after a week. My janitor is awesome at keeping the floor clean, but he isn’t responsible for surfaces. I also have students wipe down my drums and chairs, which makes the room feel better.
- Fabreeze. I have scentsy-type warmers and fabreeze to spray on everything. Middle schoolers have that fog of “stank” that follows them everywhere and these precautions help get you through the day.
- Take care of yourself. Don’t let kids cough on you or play their instrument when they have strep. Ew.
These few things help a lot in the fight against kid germs. If you have other ideas, shoot them to me- I always want to save a sick day!