• Help prepare students for a return to school by establishing healthy habits this summer. 

    Habit #1: Handwashing and Sanitizing 

    Resources from the Center for Communicable Disease (CDC)

    Key Times to Wash Hands

    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
    • After handling pet food or pet treats
    • After touching garbage

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also clean hands:

    • After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.

    Follow these five steps every time:

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

    You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

    How to use hand sanitizer

    • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
    • Rub your hands together.
    • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

    Hand Washing and Sanitizing

    CDC - Handwashing 

    Option 2 - Cartoon Network Video, USE THIS VIDEO for Healthy Habit #1

    Middle and High School Handwashing/Sneezing Video - Super Fun!


    Healthy Habit #2 - Cough and Sneeze Etiquette

    Resources from the Center for Communicable Disease (CDC)


    Fun Elementary Video to help explain the spread of germs when coughing or sneezing.

    Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and COVID-19. Germs can be easily spread by:

    • Coughing, sneezing, or talking

    • Touching your face with unwashed hands after touching contaminated surfaces or objects

    • Touching surfaces or objects that may be frequently touched by other people

    Covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands are especially important for infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics.

    To help stop the spread of germs:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

    • Throw used tissues in the trash

    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands

    Remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

    Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick, especially at key times when you are likely to get and spread germs.

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands

    For information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, see CDC’s COVID-19: Prevent Getting Sick web page.

    To help prevent the spread of respiratory disease, you can also avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.