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Oct 01, 2019

Flu and Cold Season is upon us! The Importance of Hand Washing and What regulations state………..

With the change in season and some reported cases of the flu being confirmed already, we would like to remind you of the importance of hand washing and helpful ways to decrease the spread of germs when caring for children. Let’s all do our part to keep children healthy.

922 KAR 2:120. Child-care center health and safety standards.

Regulation states:

(4) A child shall:  (a) Be helped with personal care and cleanliness based upon his or her developmental skills;  (b) Except as established in paragraph (c) of this subsection, wash his or her hands with liquid soap and warm running water:  1. a. Upon arrival at the center; or  b. Within thirty (30) minutes of arrival for school-age children;  2. Before and after eating or handling food;  3. After toileting or diaper change;  4. After handling animals;  5. After touching an item or an area of the body soiled with body fluids or wastes; and  6. After outdoor or indoor play time; and  (c) Use hand sanitizer or hand-sanitizing wipes if liquid soap and warm running water are not available in accordance with paragraph  (b) of this subsection. The child shall wash the child’s hands as soon as practicable once liquid soap and warm running water are available.

Remember, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

Please visit https://www.kentuckypartnership.org Tips and Tools (Section 8) for helpful handwashing postings for use in your center.  You may also contact your Health & Safety Coach for any questions regarding licensing and staying compliant. 

Please click on this link for more information from the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/global-handwashing-day.html