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Compton school district prepares for colds, flu season

Compton school district attempts to check spread of germs by making alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on campuses; washing hands also encouraged

Compton school district attempts to check spread of germs by making alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on campuses; washing hands also encouraged

COMPTON — With the encroach of winter and the colds-flu season, school attendance historically drops to low levels as these illnesses resign students to home recovery, exacting a negative impact on academic achievement. Parents should be mindful that an important strategy for maximized learning is making sure kids get to school by avoiding sickness.

ComptonHerald.com | Dr. Raj Dasgupta

“Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a useful alternative, [and] making sure students know how to wash their hands properly is just as important” – Dr. Raj Dasgupta. Photo: doctorrajd.com

One tried-and-tested strategy to help avoid colds and the flu is good hygiene, a strategy the Compton Unified School District employs to offset the spread of germs and student illness.

On a recent school day in Dianne Taylor’s fourth-grade class at the school district’s Foster Elementary School, she engaged students in a conversation about staying healthy with the arrival of cold and flu season.

“What kind of things do we do when we get sick?” she asked the class. One student offered, “Drink lots of water,” another said, “Eat your fruits and vegetables.”

“What about washing our hands?” Taylor suggested.

Health professionals have long maintained the importance of good hygiene such washing hands after visiting the restroom to prevent the spread of germs.

“Whatever we touch we get germs,” Taylor said. “And if we don’t clean our hands with soap and water or with sanitizer we can spread those germs everywhere. And if those germs spread, then students get sick. And if they get sick then they can’t learn because they won’t be in school.”

Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a pediatrician at St. John’s Well Family and Child Center underscored the point.

“It’s very important that schools and households, as well, have hand-washing techniques in place and easily accessible,” Dasgupta said. “Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a useful alternative, [and] making sure students know how to wash their hands properly is just as important.

“We encourage the students to drink lots of water, [and] wash their hands frequently,” said Principal Jessicka Mears. “We have hand sanitizer stations in every building available for all of our parents, scholars, and staff. We encourage the students to use it before recess, before and after lunch. And it’s a great benefit to reach our goal of having every child at school every day.”

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