\"Proof\" handwashing before class entry is necessary?

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 12:36am
randgmom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

Can someone provide me with an "official" source or link that says why handwashing before students enter the class is necessary?

My children's school currently has a Reduce the Risk policy for the whole school but is really dragging its heels in the JK classroom when it comes to classmates handwashing before they enter the room in the morning -- we can still assume a good number of them have eaten peanut butter for breakfast.

I need to pursuade them it is necesary, since so far it looks like they will institute it only if they can use waterless soap (although we all know that's a no-no, and I passed on a verbal statement to this effect from Anaphylaxis Canada, the principal is awaiting word from another doctor on this) and might even ask me to "prove" that handwashing before class is necessary in the first place. Unfortunately they are not willing to take the word of other PA moms, or I'd just send them all the messages on the topic here!

Any suggestions?


Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 4:59pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Doesn't specifically state "before students enter the class" but:
(takes a while to download)
In "Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools" page 16 (page 30 "Responsibilities of the School Nurse"
are also interesting)
[list][*]Proper handwashing technique by adults and children should be taught and required before and after the handling/consumption of food."[/b][/*:m][/list:u]
Have you seen this thread?:
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. I do not guarantee the accuracy, currentness, or content of the links in this post.

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 11:51pm
randgmom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

Thanks, MommaBear. By a fluke I actually found the Mass. document yesterday and downloaded it but haven't had a chance to read it.
I followed the link you provided and now have more confidence in my position, and hopefully the assertiveness to take it up without hesitation with the school board super.
Thanks again!

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