Is There A Correlation Between A Clean School And Better Test Results?

“A clean home is a happy home” – what about a clean school? What type of benefits does a clean school environment provide the the hundreds of children who walk through their doors every day? Having a clean school provides more than just a healthier environment, it can also promote educational success.

According to the International Sanitary Supply Association:

  • Children in grades K through 5 are affected by 8 to 10 cold or flu cases per year
  • 38 million school days are lost because of the influenza virus (the “flu”) every year
  • Every year, 22 million school days are missed because of the common cold
  • On average, students miss 4.5 school days while teachers miss 5.3 days
  • Absent teachers cost schools $25 billion annually and on top of that, is the cost of substitute teachers: $4 billion
  • Chronically absent children are 7.4 times likely to drop out of school
  • And less than half of the nation’s school districts encourage infectious disease prevention

It’s not just the surfaces that schools need to consider. The U.S. Department of Education reports that over 20% of schools have unsatisfactory indoor air quality. This can trigger problems with asthma and irritate the respiratory system in the bodies of students and faculty alike (which can lead to absences). A 2014 study revealed that classrooms with improved ventilation performed nearly 15% of those in classrooms with poor ventilation. The students’ concentration and attention span were also seen to increase when the air quality was up to par.

That’s a lot of dirty facts! Even though budgets for our education system are being cut, skimping on a proper cleaning of your facility can lead to more losses, financially and otherwise, in the long run. Here are some added benefits to having a clean school:

  • Healthy Students Have More Time For School. When their environment promotes infectious disease prevention, students are less likely to miss school because of a cold or the flu. Which means, they are spending more time in the classroom, learning what they need to and not falling behind other student’s progress. It’s also easier to concentrate and retain information when you aren’t congested or fighting back a runny nose.
  • Fewer Teacher Absences Means Lesson Plans Stay On Track. Although students may love having a substitute because it likely means no real work for the day – that can actually be a problem and contributing factor to overall grades and test scores. Clean schools equal healthy schools, which means fewer students and teachers absent, and all of this combined means the curriculum stays on track.
  • Clean Schools Have More Funding. We don’t mean you will get more funding, just that you will be able to better appropriate the $29 billion in education funds that is spent on sick teachers and substitutes.
  • Cleaning Has A Psychological Effect In Addition To Physical. Clean schools means fewer germs and illness being spread from student to student to faculty but that isn’t all it means. Being in a clean environment has a psychological effect. People, students and staff alike, feel better emotionally, happier to be where they are, and end up being more productive than if they were in a dirty facility. It’s where the saying “a clean home is a happy home” came to be, the positive psychological effect clean environments have on us.

Contact the Cleaning Consultants of America to learn how to bring the benefits of a clean environment into your school. We tailor our services to our clients to ensure the best possible clean is achieved.