COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols: Hand Hygiene

  • Schools are required to:

    • Provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors including soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and tissues, and strategically place supplies in areas where they may be frequently used
      • Ensure that every classroom, instructional space, and common area has hand sanitizer or a place to wash hands upon entering.
      • Establish procedures to ensure that sinks and handwashing stations do not run out of soap or paper towels, and that hand sanitizer does not run out.
    • Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol by staff and older students.
    • Develop routines for staff and students in all grades to wash or sanitize their hands, especially before and after eating, upon entering/re-entering a classroom, and before and after touching shared equipment such as computer keyboards. 
    • Limit sharing of supplies, equipment, manipulatives, and other high-touch materials when feasible. If shared objects are used, students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use.
  • Vaccines
  • Symptoms and Cases
  • Close Contacts
  • COVID Testing
  • Face Covering Policy
  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Indoor Air and Outdoor Spaces
  • Other School Operations
  • Beyond the School Day
  • Response Plan Handbook