Regular liquid or foam soap is preferred for hand washing. Antibacterial soap is not required.
Students and staff should be provided time to wash their hands with soap and water often. This includes when they get to school, before and after going outside, after using the washroom, before and after meal breaks and before and after using common touch items (e.g. computers, gym equipment, etc). Warm and cold water are equally effective at cleaning hands as long as soap is used. It is recommended to use warm water when available as it encourages children to wash their hands for longer and creates more lather from the soap.
Use enough hand sanitizer to cover the front and back of a person’s hands and between their fingers. Ensure that the hand sanitizer has dried completely before children resume regular activities. Prevent children from putting wet hands in their eyes or mouth. All children under the age of six should be supervised when using hand sanitizer.
If a child accidentally consumes any amount of hand sanitizer, call the BC Poison Control Centre: 1-800-567-8911.