Hand Washing, Water, Clean, Outbreak, Coronavirus

Jason Kempin

Teacher's 'Hack' Helps Kids Wash Hands More Thoroughly During Outbreak #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

March 12, 2020

Getting kids to wash their hands can be difficult during the best of times, but even more so when there's a global coronavirus outbreak. Experts say you should be washing your hands for 20 seconds, but for kids that seems like such a long time to count all the way to 20! 

Fortunately, one teacher found a very creative way to make sure kids are washing their hands correctly. Shauna Woods, a third-grade teacher at Hallsville Schools in Hallsville, Missouri, shared a photo of her 'hack' on Facebook and it has since gone viral. 

In order to teach her kids to wash their hands thoroughly, she stamps their hand in the morning and then if it is gone compeltely by the end of the day, they receive a prize. 

Woods said she has had the 'Mrs. Woods' stamp for years and decided to bring it in on Monday in order to help her students wash their hands rigorously. Their morning lesson was to wash their hands in the classroom sink and then come see her to check their thoroughness. Once they were told prizes were invovled, all students were on board!

Woods called the idea a "great motivator" that encourages kids to learn that they should be washing their hands regularly. #GoodVibes