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Did you know that good hand hygiene can result in less gastrointestinal and respiratory illness and fewer missed school days?
Good hygiene practices are an important strategy to keep everyone in schools and early care and education (ECE) facilities healthy. But good hygiene practices aren’t always easy to implement in busy educational settings.
The good news is that new resources are available to help K-12 and ECE staff learn how to best encourage good hygiene practices in their educational settings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation have developed a free, interactive, online training on hand hygiene and cleaning.
The Clean Hands and Spaces online training was created specifically for educators, administrators, and supporting personnel in K-12 and ECE settings.
What Is in the Clean Hands and Spaces Training?
This four-module training focuses on:
- How and when to clean hands
- How to create a hygiene plan in an educational environment
- How to select, use, and safely store cleaners and disinfectants
- How to team up with parents and caregivers to build good habits with children
You’ll learn from experts in the field about how to protect your educational community by promoting good hygiene practices. You can complete the training anytime at your own pace, and continuing education credits are available (in English).
This training will help you and your educational community be better equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to encourage good hygiene practices. Let’s all work together to promote clean and healthy spaces for the safety of our kids and community. We can do this together!
Where Can I Sign Up?
Visit the following link to get started with the training: https://www.train.org/cdctrain/course/1100489/
How Can This Help Latinos?
Hispanic/Latino students account for 27% of students enrolled in public schools.
Hand hygiene is especially important among this population, which faces a heavy burden of illness and health disparities due to systemic and structural inequities in the areas of income, lack of access to healthcare, healthcare system equity (which includes infection control), healthy food, quality housing and green spaces.
“Every child should be able to learn the importance of hygiene and use best practices to keep themselves, caregivers, and parents safe,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.