Lysol Expands HERE for Healthy Schools Program to Reach 58,000 Schools in U.S. Areas Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic

HERE for Healthy Schools | June 25, 2020

Lysol Expands HERE for Healthy Schools Program to Reach 58,000 Schools in U.S. Areas Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lysol today announced plans to invest more than $20 million over three years to expand HERE for Healthy Schools into every Title I* school in the U.S. reaching 15 million children by 2022. Through education, research funding and strategic partnerships, this program aims to minimize the spread of germs in the classroom. Starting this fall, Lysol aims to reach 50% of Title 1 schools with its Healthy Habits program, expanding to 100% by 2022. At Lysol, we know that the best weapon against germs is knowledge, which is why in 2012 Lysol created the Healthy Habits Program in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and National PTA. The Healthy Habits Program includes downloadable activities for teachers and parents of children grades K-5 to help them build illness prevention habits.

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Today, this is an integral part of online training delivery for most organizations globally. In fact, it is steadily moving to a situation of Mobile First (that is, the training is consumed predominantly on smartphones) from the more prevalent format of Mobile Friendly (that is, the training is expected to be consumed across devices that include desktops, laptops, tablets as well as smartphones). With this, the learners want to see online training in formats they normally view on their smartphones notably, videos, and apps.From providing support to Formal Training a couple of years ago, the Microlearning based approach is widely used today for both Formal and Informal Training. It can be offered in various high-impact and engaging formats, and videos are a significant component. Learners love bite-sized videos that they can take on the go.

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