Hand Washing CurriculumTrain the Trainer ModelKimberly Pelletier, EpidemiologistState of Connecticut Department of Public Health
Background:While I was working for the Naugatuck Valley Health District this was a project I worked on. The project was funded through NVHDs pandemic flu funding. The project was piloted at TEAM Inc.s Head Start Programs.I presented this curriculum to several hundred elementary school aged students at over 20 elementary schools, both public and parochial, in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton.
Overview:The objective of this curriculum is to educatechildren, and teachers as well, about the importanceof effective and frequent hand washing.Students will learn how to fight the flu by being a COOL cougher, a SAFE sneezer and a HIP handwasher.
Activity A: Discussion on GermsActivity B: Discussion on Colds and FluActivity C: Germs are EverywhereActivity D: Discuss Barriers to Hand WashingActivity E: Demonstrate Proper Hand Washing Activity F: How Coughs and Sneezes Spread GermsActivity G: Practice Covering a Cough or SneezeActivity H: Demonstrate Use of Hand SanitizerActivity I: Demonstrate Use of Hand Wipes
Activity A: Discussion on germs
1. Describe what germs are2. Identify how germs can be spreadfrom one person to another3. Discuss simple ways to minimizethe spread of germs
Activity B: Discussion on Colds and Flu1. Describe some of the symptomsthey may have experienced whenthey were ill2. Identify that germs cause people toget sick with a cold or flu
Activity C: Germs are Everywhere
Describe how germs can be spread from their hands to manysurfaces
Activity D: Discuss Barriers to Hand Washing
1. Identify solutions to hand washingif they dont have access to a sink
Activity E: Demonstrate Proper Hand Washing
Demonstrate the correct way towash their hands and how to be a HIPhandwasher2. Talk their way through the process, if they do not have access to a sink
Activity F: How Coughs and Sneezes Spread Germs
1. Identify how germs get on theirhands2. Describe how germs spread from their hands to other surfaces
Activity G: Practice Covering a Cough or Sneeze1. Demonstrate how they can be a SAFE sneezer and a COOL cougher2. Discuss what happens to the germs if they cough and sneeze intotheir hands
Activity H: Demonstrate Use of Hand Sanitizer1. Describe how they can sanitizetheir hands without hand washingUnderstand that sanitizers are not a replacement for hand washing
Activity I: Demonstrate Use of Hand Wipes Describe how they can sanitize their hands without hand washingUnderstand that hand wipes are not a replacement for hand washing
Posters for Use in Schools
Conclusion:For more information on howyou can use this curriculum, pleasecontact Deborah Horvath, Assistant Director of Health at the Naugatuck Valley Health District, at (203) 881-3255.