Healthy Schools, Healthy People is a joint initiative between the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dedicated to supporting school systems nationwide with tools to help reinforce hand hygiene and cleaning practices to prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism.
Keeping hands clean through good hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. That means regularly washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
Despite its simplicity, handwashing is an activity that most people do not do as often as they should. By not washing their hands regularly, people can get sick and spread their illnesses to others. Healthy Schools, Healthy People is all about fostering simple, health-enhancing behaviors throughout the entire school community.
Clean hands can mean good health for students, food service staff, teachers, administrators, and the entire school community. The problem is that for many people, especially young people, handwashing just isn’t a priority. Healthy Schools, Healthy People provides tools that encourage students and others in the school community to learn more about handwashing, why it’s important, and how to make handwashing a habit!