Handwashing in Communities:
Clean Hands Save Lives

Wash your pwas

Wash Your Paws! Class Pet Poster:

Wash your hands after playing with the class pet.

Wash your paws! Class Pet Poster (Print Only) [PDF – 1 page]

Wash your paws! Class Pet Poster 11×17 (Print Only) [PDF – 1 page]

Hand Hygiene at School

One of the most important ways staff and children in schools can stay healthy is by keeping their hands clean throughout the day. In fact, school-based and Early Care and Education (ECE) programs promoting hand hygiene can result in less gastrointestinal and respiratory illness and fewer missed days. That’s why it’s important to encourage cleaning hands at key times with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Promote Hand Hygiene in Your School or ECE Program

  1. Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Integrate hand hygiene lessons in K–12 school and ECE program curricula to regularly remind children of the importance of keeping hands clean.
  2. Build time into daily routines for children and staff to wash hands,especially at key times.
  3. Supervise and assist children with handwashing as needed.
  4. Consider increasing access to hand hygiene infrastructure and supplies.
  5. When hand hygiene facilities and supplies are available, children and staff are better able to make hand hygiene part of their routine.
  6. Place visual cues such as handwashing posters, stickers, and other materials in highly visible areas throughout the school—for example, bathrooms and locker rooms, classroom sinks, or cafeteria kitchens.
    1. Download and print materials, such as postersfact sheets, and stickers.
    2. Order handwashing materials for free using CDC-INFO on Demand.
  7. Learn how to make a hygiene plan to help keep students safe. CDC’s Clean Hands and Spaces online training provides information on how to reduce the spread of germs through good hygiene habits and safety practices in K-12 schools and ECE settings.

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