They're also focusing on the "Two Hs": health and hygiene. The school district is hoping parents will also be part of the equation.
Philadelphia schools installed dispensers for Purel hand sanitizer last September in response to the Swine Flu epidemic; A total of more than 10,000 of them at a cost of $700,000.
Maternity BVM School in the Northeast also provides hand sanitizers in every classroom. But, like many other schools in recent years, they've added other health and cleaning items like tissues and disinfectant wipes to the list of school supplies parents are expected to provide.
For parents, the hygiene supplies are an added back-to-school expense. But many parents say if spending a few extra dollars keeps their kids healthy and in school, it's money well-spent.