Handwashing for Health in Schools

— Written By Marcus McFarland and last updated by Elisabeth Purser
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Washing HandsAs kids are headed back for another year of school, one of the most important things to teach them is proper handwashing. Our hands are one of our most important parts of our body. Kids use them to pick items up, write with pens and pencils, share things with other students, and play sports outside like basketball. With everything your children touch can be an opportunity to carry germs that make them sick. Remember to teach your kids the simple steps to have clean hands.

  1. Step 1 – Turn on the faucet, and rinse your hands with warm water to remove visible dirt.
  2. Step 2 – Apply soap to hands and rub them in to create a soapy lather. The soap helps to remove the tiny germs and viruses.
  3. Step 3 – Rinse your hands again with the warm water. 
  4. Step 4 – Dry your hands off with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet. This will prevent picking up any germs on the faucet. This process should take about 20 seconds. You can teach your kids to sing along to “Happy Birthday” to help them remember. Make sure your kids make it a habit to wash their hands frequently during school, and have an awesome school year!