C. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

WPRSD Protocols for Hand Washing and Respiratory Etiquette:  Board of Education Policy #1648 Critical Area of Operation 2: 

The WPRSD promotes behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 such as encouraging staff and students to stay home when appropriate; encouraging the practice of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; requiring the use of face coverings; and signs and messages in and around school buildings. The WPRSD has school-wide plans where students are required to wash hands for at least twenty seconds at regular intervals during the school day and always before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their nose, coughing, and/or sneezing. If washing with soap and water is not possible, washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) should be used.


All members of our school community should be familiar with COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including: (as referenced at: www.CDC.gov) COVID-19 Symptoms; How to Protect Yourself and Others; What to Do If You Are Sick; People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises the use of respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette, as well as regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol via the sanitized stations in each classroom and at each building entrance. 

Procedures for Respiratory Etiquette/Hand Sanitizing/Washing

More Information:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Use tissues and throw them away
  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer every time you touch your mouth or nose
  • Tissues and no-touch receptacles are provided for their disposal
  • Provide resources for performing hand hygiene in or near waiting areas
  • Washing your hands is easy and one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

It is especially important to wash your hands:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your cloth face covering
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

When washing your hands, follow these important steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However, sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy