Monday, March 09, 2020
Why Don't Schools Have Hand Sanitizers?
The DOE is responsible not only in funding and hiring school nurses but should be supplying all schools with adequate toiletries and especially hand sanitizers. Again if the DOE is failing in their mission to supply hand sanitizers, then principals should be using their budget to pay for them. They should folow the example of the hospitals with no touch hand sanitizes strategically located throughout the building.
I have many colleagues in various schools and few, if any, have hand sanitizers in their schools. Manny teachers and other staff bring their own personal hand sanitizers to their classroom and offices but few share it with their students. Moreover, what about school cafeterias, bathrooms, auditoriums, and locker rooms? These common areas are a hotbed for germs and viruses and hand sanitizers are a necessary measure to limit the spread of various germs and viruses. Let's not forget that many children take mass transit to and from school, buses or trains good places to contract germs and viruses.
While the coronavirus appears not to be fatal for school-age children, that does not stop them from getting sick and the virus can potentially spread. throughout the school. . However, the precautions for the coronavirus can be effective for the common flu which can be fatal to school age children. In addition, history has shown us that closing schools before a pandemic takes hold saves lives.
Will Mayor de Blasio close the schools? I highly doubt it since the schools are a babysitting and food service and it would take a pandemic in the City to do so. Of course some communities have put the students health above their education funding Here.and Here
Note: The Mayor has ordered the DOE to hire 85 school nurses to partially cover (about 50%) of the shortfall. Let's see if the DOE follows through.