GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Summer wraps up, and Triad kids prepare to head back to the classrooms -- havens for learning, friendships, imaginations and germs.
According to the CDC, the average school-age child misses an entire week of school each year due to sickness.
So, in advance of the 2015 school year, WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show visited the Guilford County Department of Public Health for back-to-school health and hygiene reminders.
WHAT TO KEEP IN BACKPACK
- Change of clothes (in zip lock bag)
- Extra pair of socks
- Non-perishable snack
- Emergency contact information card (especially phone numbers)
KEEPING BACKPACKS CLEAN
- Unpack them at least twice per week to ensure no food / wet clothes are left in there
- Wash in washer (if machine washable)
- Use antibacterial cleaner to spray / wipe it out (if not machine washable)
- Make sure food and drinks are sealed well and leak-proof
- Consider using sandwich containers, which are easy to wash and reusable
- Wash hands before eating, after the restroom, after coughing or sneezing into hands, after playing outside or with pets and after coming home from school
- Lather soap between fingernails, knuckles, tops and backs of wrists
- Scrub and rinse under warm water while reciting "the ABCs" or two rounds the "Happy Birthday" song
- Not recommended by the Guilford County Dept. of Public Health for young children's backpacks (as young children might be inclined to taste the santizer)
- Not a substitute for proper hand washing
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