Texas public school class room with child wearing a mask for safety against viral infection

School Disinfection Services in Texas

Attendance = Funding

For schools in Texas, significant funding is directly related to attendance (average daily attendance or ADA), thus higher absenteeism means less funding.

Case-in-point, in U.S. K-12 public schools, there are approximately 164 MILLION lost school days each year. That averages out to 4.5 sick days per student per year. For a large school district with 50,000 students that receives a $30/student reimbursement, a daily absenteeism rate of 1% can mean a loss of $15,000/day.  If this hypothetical district averages 4.5 sick days for each student, by the end of the school year, potential funding has been reduced by $6.75 MILLION.

Disinfection = Healthy Kids

While funding is at risk, so is the health of the surrounding communities. Schools have long been thought of as breeding grounds for the pathogens that make us sick. Studies have indeed shown that more than 10 million germs inhabit the average desk, including viruses like influenza, rhinovirus (common cold), and norovirus. When schools reopen we can safely conclude coronavirus will also make it into the collection as well, but Covid-19 brings greater risks. Also shown, is that these same pathogens are most concentrated on high-touch objects like the pencil sharpener, water fountain, and paper towel dispensers.

Viruses have evolved to perpetuate and transmit person-to-person exponentially. While the 2019-2020 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has largely spared children from the illness, they can still be passive carriers. Couple that with the fact that children are more likely to touch their mouths, noses, and eyes and infect surfaces and be infected by them.

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