Hygiene Etiquette


Schools will increase instruction and monitoring of student handwashing. Proper hand-washing techniques include lathering hands with soap, scrubbing between fingers, washing the backside of each hand, scrubbing each wrist, washing underneath fingernails and rinsing with water. The process should take 20 seconds.

Elementary schools will provide frequent opportunities for students to wash hands, including before and after recess, lunch and other activities.

Hand sanitizing

Student putting on hand sanitizer

If soap and water are not readily available in some classrooms, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).

Elementary students will also sanitize their hands every time they enter and exit the classroom. Staff in secondary schools will encourage students to sanitize hands each time they enter and exit a classroom and frequently throughout the day.

Students will be instructed to cover all surfaces of their hands with sanitizer and rub them together until their hands feel dry.

Each school will have free-standing hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout the school in high traffic areas, including the main office, library, counseling center, cafeteria and gym. If health conditions allow for concerts, plays and athletic events to be held, the hand sanitizing stations also will be used at the entrances of those events.

Respiratory etiquette

Staff and students will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

No physical contact

Students and staff will be reminded to practice physical distancing when it comes to greetings — no handshakes, high fives or hugs. Air high fives, air elbow bumps or a simple wave can be used in place of physical contact.  

Students and staff are encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.