classroom handwashing

Posted on: Fri, 06/06/2003 - 4:31pm
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I'm just curious how handwashing is handled in your children's classrooms? Especially in the case where the school is not peanut free. We are working out my dd's 504 for next year, and the only concern is that if all the kids have to wash their hands upon entering the classroom 4 or more times per day that it will take way too much time. We are thinking of using wipes, but I would probably have to provide them. I'd love to hear anyone else's plans or ideas.

Thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 06/06/2003 - 11:20pm
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Lauren's class uses wipes. They do have 2 sinks in the classroom but they were concerned with kids contaminating things in the classroom while waiting for their turn. They have the wipes outside the classroom and the teacher supervises the children. I have seen the procedure and am comfortable with it. We do not have to supply them. I am guessing that if you pushed it, you could probably get them to supply them too. I have gone to BJs and brought in a box of them ($10 for 4 packages) just in effort to show my support.
HTH

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 2:19am
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We just made it through kindergarten (full day) with no reactions! DD is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Her school is peanut-free, so the handwashing was mainly to protect her from milk exposure. We did not wash hands upon arrival at school, but did ask the parents to send the kids to school with clean hands. We also did not ask for handwashing in any class but DD's. Her class washed hands after lunch if they had indoor recess or after recess if they had outdoor recess. (At her school, recess immediately follows lunch.)Her teachers were great about doing this even though it took extra time. If they had a messy snack, e.g. cupcakes, they washed hands also. If the snack was not messy they did not wash hands because milk was not served with snacks. They brought hand wipes to the cafeteria every day for any kid with obviously dirty hands to use. On pizza day, most of the girls with whom DD was likely to play at recess used hand wipes before going outside. This sounds kind of complicated but was easy to do and worked well! Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 2:40am
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We do not have any handwashing procedures in place at all. We have a 504 but we've never included handwashing.

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 3:55am
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Thanks for all your replies. Sandra, you said there isn't anything about handwashing in your child's 504. Is the class or school peanut free? I'm just curious. Our school is not peanut free. The cafeteria is not peanut free either. If it were, I would not be so worried about handwashing. My dd has had contact with other kids who haven't washed their hands time and time again. Who knows if they've eaten peanuts or not, but she's never had a reaction. However, every day at school is a different scenario.
Our school already has hand sanitizer, and wants to use it. I don't really think it would work for getting PB residue off hands. (It would be cool if the sanitizer changed the protein similar to bleach.) They are concerned about the cost of the wipes (so am I) since they would be going through a ton of them if the whole class is using them several times per day. I'm willing to spring for them if necessary though.
I also just thought of another idea. My dd's teacher already has a procedure of everyone washing hands before lunch, in the sink. Perhaps it would be better if they used wipes/sanitizer before lunch and used the sink *after* lunch. That way, we are sure everyone's hands are clean of PB after eating. Our school is not peanut free, so a lot of kids will have eaten PB during lunch.

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 4:37am
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I can't really speak from experience but I saw this link on another website and thought it touched on your concerns. Hope it doesn't confuse you more [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[url="http://www.healthy-kids.info/faqdetail.lasso?-skiprecords=3"]http://www.healthy-kids.info/faqdetail.lasso?-skiprecords=3[/url]

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 4:51am
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Thank you so much. I've been looking for similar articles, but haven't been able to find any yet.

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 8:26am
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Great link, Love my C. I think it's worth it's own post...in Schools? or Links?
Thanks for posting it.
Gail

Posted on: Sun, 06/08/2003 - 9:11am
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We use (and will be using for next year) wipes. They will use them when they come in the classroom in the morning, after specials, after lunch, and after recess. Ryan, however, must wash his hands with his own soap and water. Since he is the allergic one, we hold him to stricter hygiene standards. This worked well in Kindergarten this year too.

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