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Health

Hand Hygiene 

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

 

Follow these 5 Steps: (From CDC)

  • 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. 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

Soap and 20 seconds are most important in hand washing. Temperature of the water is not as important. The soap breaks down bacterial/viral membranes and the action of scrubbing removes debris. 

Handwashing vs. Hand Sanitizer

  • Use soap and water when hands are visibly dirty and after eating.
  • Sanitize, with at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water is not available and in between washings, when hands are visibly clean

Students will wash hands/sanitize whenever needed, but also with a focus on these transitions/times of the day:

  • When entering the classroom in the morning
  • Before snack
  • Before lunch
  • After using the bathroom

Ventilation 

Windows in classroom/learning areas can be opened. Fans can be used to circulate air, especially during hot weather. We will continue to use filter systems purchased for classrooms. Filters will be changed on a regular basis