Lotsandlotsandlots of hand sanitizer, baby. That's how I got through working in a public school setting relatively unscathed.
Working with the kiddies definitely has its ups and downs. The infestation of germs being a major drawback. Kids are carriers of EVERYTHING. I, too, have ended up ill several times this year. I avoided the flu, H1N1, and the other major health scares, but the common cold and a stomach flu put me out of commission for a number of days this year. Yet, we trudge forward...It's the price we pay for our dedication to the kids. Get well soon!
I so agree with you. I taught fourth grade last year and that was not too bad, but I am doing 1st grade this year. The difference it that their hands are all over everything and all over me... I love getting the hugs but I have been really sick this school year.
I hear you. :) My first few years of teaching, (Jr. High/ High school 200+ every day), I was ALWAYS sick. Now, after years, I hardly ever get sick. So, if you can keep with it, your antibodies will kick in and keep you relatively healthier in years to come. :)And, the hand sanitizer and washing desks with clorox wipes REALLY makes a BIG difference.
When I taught second grade, I wiped the desks down twice a day with those clorox wipes, and I used hand sanitizer often.My students and I remained pretty healthy all year long.... I guess it is time for me to revert back to those germophobe days...