Coronavirus health crisis: Teacher’s genius hack to ensure kids wash their hands

This teacher’s hand-hygiene hack deserves an A+!

Getting kids to remember to wash their hands is a hassle at the best of times. Not only do they forget to do it, but they don’t take the time to do it properly.

But one primary school teacher has created a genius way of teaching kids just how important hand-hygiene is, especially as the Coronavirus panic continues.

With schools being closed down across the country due to the spread of the virus, teacher Mrs Woods is ensuring her students wash their hands frequently and properly.

Using her personalised ‘Mrs Woods’ name stamp, she marks the hand of each student in her class each morning. Encouraging her students to wash their hands thoroughly, the stamp needs to be gone by the end of the day.

“We are doing our best in room 550 to keep the germs away,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Students got stamps on their hands this morning. If it’s gone by the end of the day from washing their hands, they get a prize. We are trying.”

Her post has attracted over 22K likes and 3.4K comments from parents who, for the most part, love her idea.

“I'm stamping my own kid with this idea in mind every morning. Thanks,” one parent said.

“I think this is a great idea! Children share everything and there are germs EVERYWHERE. You can't keep your children in a bubble,” another commented.

“Teachers are brilliant,” added another.

While Mrs Woods said her and her class were trying their best to reduce the spread of germs in her classroom, some parents thought her method was questionable.

“Don't tell me you don't see the irony of passing that around to everyone's hands?” one commented.

“Ok now spreading germs by stamping everyone's hand with the same stamp. People need to seriously stop and think before acting,” said another.

When it comes to washing your hands, the Department of Health has outlined the best way to ensure it is done properly.

1. Remove all jewellery and cover abrasions
2. Wet hands with warm water, then apply soap
3. Lather for 15-20 seconds
4. Rinse hands under running water
5. Dry hands with clean towel

And if frequent hand washing isn’t an option, hand sanitizer is the next best option.

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