Please take some time to review tips for good handwashing with your children. School is a place where germs can spread easily and quickly to many people, both kids and adults. Please take the time to observe your children washing their hands and instruct them on what they are doing right and wrong. It only takes a few minutes to teach them to be more effective and clean which can have many benefits for them, you and everyone they come into contact with. This quick review can help decrease the spread of germs both at home and at school!
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
How should you wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Also you can read the attached sheet from the CDC to see why hand washing is so important!