Education is a simple process, from one perspective. It is the transfer of knowledge from the educator to the student. With a well-designed and established curriculum in place, the only variables are the educator and the students. Both variables need to be present, though, at a minimum – fully functioning, to facilitate optimum education. Then there are all those unique instances of the other variable – the actual students – 20 or more per classroom, each with different levels of preparation, attentiveness, and a load of background distraction. While educators are at the ready to handle these variables, most are not thinking about another variable that can really disrupt a classroom – each of their students comes to class each day with a load of pathogens. While the students may have developed antibodies for the pathogens they routinely carry or are exposed to, their unsuspecting teachers and fellow students may not have. And regardless of antibody levels, no one carries a full complement of all the antibodies to fight off all the microbes.
What does this all have to do with SafeHandles? Maintaining a healthy and productive education process could depend upon them.
When the teacher succumbs to the pathogens transmitted by any of their students, the efficiency of that class is immediately impacted. A substitute teacher hopefully will be located who is able to maintain the illusion of classroom functionality, but the lesson plan will not proceed properly without the educator who planned it. Upon their return, teachers have to revisit lesson plans and spend additional time with students who were also out with illness before the class can begin moving forward again as a group – often times more than a week can be lost when illness impacts a teacher and a significant portion of their students. How do you keep that educator healthy? By preventing their contact with pathogens in the classroom. And SafeHandles has everything to do with that.
SafeHandles products can be applied to classroom door knobs, restroom doors and fixtures, desk drawer handles, storage cabinet handles, chalk/marker trays – all those places that students’ hands and breath may embed their personal pathogens. SafeHandles products are clinically proven to reduce microbes on contact, thus reducing your contact with microbes.
As for the students, the principles of transmission are exactly the same. The difference lies in their lack of a complete education in or habits of proper health safety practices – things like hand washing, covering a cough or sneeze with the crook of the elbow or a tissue, and not touching or invading the personal space of other people. So, their likelihood of transmission of microbial pathogens is much greater, and it is multiplied by their number and proximity in the classroom. Education is optimized when all of the students are present physically and mentally, not distracted by the discomfort of the onset of a cold or influenza. As supplementary classroom attention is given to teaching those proper health safety practices, SafeHandles can prevent the indirect transmission of microbial pathogens via touched objects like door handles, handrails, monkey bars, lavatory faucet handles and toilet flush handles.
Education can then proceed undiminished and unabated, thanks to SafeHandles.