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Old 09-19-08, 08:47 PM
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Question Ask your kids.....

Don't just assume they do... really ASK them...

Do your kids wash their hands at school before lunch &/or snack time?? Are they instructed to do so... is there a set TIME... or do they have to ask permission to go to the bathroom, etc to go wash their hands?

I asked Wes if they washed their hands before snack & he said that there wasn't enough time?!?! I haven't asked the teacher about it... I might bring it up (I'll have to think about the right words) at the parent/teacher conference.

I bought a small bottle of foaming hand sanitizer, taught him how to use it, and we keep it in his snack box! The level of liquid is going down a bit, so I think he IS actually using it.

EVERYTHING I know and EVERYTHING I read screams "to stay healthy, keep your hands clean & wash them before you eat"!!
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Old 09-19-08, 09:07 PM
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I don't have my students wash before eating lunch because it consists of running their hands under the water for 2 seconds and drying them. I do however give each student a squirt of handsanitizer before we head to the lunchroom. I do ask them periodically if they washed their hands in the bathroom and if they say no I make them wash them in the classroom.
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Old 09-19-08, 10:11 PM
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I know the kids wash their hands (most all of them) when they use the bathrooms because I see them. The sinks for handwashing are in the halls OUTSIDE the actual bathrooms so I see both the boys and the girls sudsing up and washing.

As for snacks and lunches. Probably not.
Each classroom has hand sanitizer at the kids' tables. I know that they use the sanitizer because I see them. They also have sinks and a fountain in each room too and I know they wash their hands periodically when they are in their classroom because they do it when I'm there too. But I don't know that they do it for snack EVERY time.

Today, since the school is having a bad breakout of the stomach virus, the hand sanitizer was in heavy use by ALL the classrooms. I saw one of the teachers taking a big pump bottle of it to the lunch line for her class and every kid sanitized while in the line.
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Old 09-19-08, 10:45 PM
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That is what I do. I also make my kids wash their hands when I see them picking their noses or if they sneeze and cough into them. I teach my students to cough and sneeze into their elbow instead of their hands.
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Old 09-20-08, 01:45 PM
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No, I'm sure they don't but they do have hand sanitizer in class. They do wash after the bathroom...I know that because they do at home & remind me if I forget. The last school really pushed that.
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