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Glitterbug Handwashing Kit

Suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 8, this is an activity-based kit for hand hygiene promotion and infection control. The Glitterbug Handwashing Kit includes a UV light, ‘Be A Germ Stopper’ teacher resource manual, student activities and ‘Wash Your Hands’ book. Combined with other school-wide and classroom strategies, it can help to promote hand hygiene and infection control.

Educators and schools are in a unique position to help students develop Living Skills - the assets they need to have a positive sense of self, form healthy relationships and become skilled in understanding information, solve problems and make responsible decisions. Providing accurate information about how to take care of their health will support them to grow into healthy adults.

The Glitterbug Handwashing Kit supports delivery of the Healthy Living Strand within the Ontario Health & Physical Education curriculum related to hand hygiene promotion and practises and it also addresses infection control. It can support students in developing Living Skills by incorporating Personal Skills (PS), Interpersonal Skills (IS), and Critical Creative Thinking (CT) into the activities.

Personal Skills (PS)
Students will acquire knowledge related to infectious diseases (germs/bacteria/viruses) and infection prevention and control through different activities. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of when and how to perform proper hygienic procedures for protecting their own health. This promotes self-awareness in taking responsibility for their own actions and learning.

Interpersonal Skills (IS)
Through activities provided, students will have the opportunity to build healthy relationships with others and gain communication and social skills. During the practical component of the hand hygiene activity, students will learn to express themselves by communicating effectively and speaking respectfully as well as paying attention to others when sharing equipment (soap, sinks, UV light). Positive interaction with others helps build healthy relationships and effective team members.

Critical Creative Thinking (CT)
Students will be encouraged to use critical and creative thinking skills to assist them in making connections with healthier hygiene choices as well as in the planning and setting goals for themselves. Students can explain and perform infection prevention and control practices that will protect them and others at home, school and in the community.

Schools from SCDSB, SMCDSB and TLDSB can loan a kit through their school board. Please connect directly with your school board to identify the key contact person to arrange to borrow the Glitterbug Handwashing Kit. Other schools can contact the School Health team to borrow a kit. To have more discussion about how to integrate the Glitterbug Handwashing Kit as a component of a comprehensive approach to supporting student well-being, please contact your School Health public health nurse.
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