Healthy Schools Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Germs and Illness Cause Chronic Absenteeism

When it comes to school, the most important thing is for the child to be present.

A healthy school means healthy children, which means there’s much less of a chance for them missing school when your school is properly sanitized. Bottom line, chronic absenteeism from schools can be a serious problem.

A recent Department of Education survey of public schools in the United States found over 6 million students missed a cumulative 15 or more days of school in the time spanning 2013-14. That’s equal to 14 percent of the student population – or, in other terms, about 1 in 7 students. You can read the report here.

Too many absences can have a surprisingly dramatic effect on a child’s future. According to the survey report, “Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade.”  The report also states, “Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.” Clearly, the negative effects of chronic absenteeism could last a lifetime.

Healthy, clean schools are one key way to reduce this trend.

Especially at their youngest, children are susceptible to germs and mold. Along with maintaining a clean, well-circulated airflow, floors and carpets should be regularly cleaned to avoid bacteria. Johnston is here to help you and your school achieve these goals, so your focus can be where it belongs – on children and learning.

Johnston recognizes the difficulty in managing the balance between supplies and budget. Many times, teachers often use their own personal funds to add-on to their classroom budgets.

Keeping schools healthy and children flourishing is very important to us here at Johnston, and we do all we can to support our local schools.

Johnston has partnerships with the top cleaning providers like Spartan and Clorox. We offer a variety of equipment that will keep all areas of your facilities clean and functioning as efficiently as possible – and within budget.

Our product offerings include:

  • Restroom Supplies
  • Cleaning Chemical Products
  • Air Care Products
  • Hand Hygiene Products
  • Tile & Carpet Cleaning
  • Disinfectants & Sanitizers
  • and more

Johnston goes beyond just keeping your learning facility germ-free.

In addition to cleaning solutions, we also offer cafeteria disposables. In fact, Johnston has been a leading dealer of cafeteria supplies to local educational institutions for years.

At Johnston, we don’t just sell supplies. We want to see our customers succeed, and we use our expertise to reach that goal. When you partner with us, you’ll receive a comprehensive, detailed site survey of your facility; our customized system solutions will be designed individually for your organization.

Contact a Johnston expert today and let’s learn what solutions we can customize for your school or university! Call us at 800-800-7123 or visit our Contact page today.