Head Start staff and all other adults working in the classroom will teach and model appropriate hand washing practices in order to lower the risk of spreading communicable diseases.
- Staff and children shall wash their hands whenever hands come in contact with body fluids and the following times:
- Before food preparation, handling, or serving. (including setting the table)
- After toileting or changing diapers.
- After assisting a child with toilet use.
- Before and after eating meals or snacks.
- After handling pets or other animals.
- Before and after using disposable gloves.
- After coughing or sneezing.
- After inspecting hair for lice.
- Before and after giving medications.
- Clear,simple hand washing procedures will be posted in all classrooms, including these steps.Step 1 Wet hands with water and then add soap.
Step 2 Use friction to work up lather and wash hands for at least 10-20 seconds.
Step 3 Rinse well under a stream of water.
Step 4 Dry hands thoroughly, with a single use paper towel.
Step 5 Turn off faucet with a paper towel, if possible.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR Section 1304.22 .
It was approved by Policy Council on June 10, 1997
Updated May 28, 2002
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