Hand washing is an important way to stop the spread of germs, but organizing 30 children to wash up before lunch is a nightmare. It takes forever and it’s messy. The sink area would be flooded, I swear!
Our class has developed a quick-and-easy hand sanitizer procedure that I hope will help your class.
We form two number-order lines: students 1-14 and 15-30. Two students are assigned the job of squirting. We never vary who does the job. (See my post for an explanation of the efficiency of assigning yearlong jobs.)
One squirter takes one line; the second squirter takes the other. The students hold out their hands to receive the squirt. We are all washed up in about 30 seconds, or the time it takes to sing one of my multiplication songs. (See my post for advice on singing during transitions.)
I don’t have actual data, but I have noticed that my class doesn’t have plagues of flu and strep throat the way other classes seem to. We haven’t had one of those weeks where half the class is absent. (Knock on wood.)
I attribute it to our hand washing procedure. I hope it works for you!