Health Office

Round Valley Health Office


Blanche Hamblin (Health Director)
Laurie Gardner (Health Aide)

Elementary School Phone: (928) 333-6608
Middle School Phone: (928) 333-6708
High School Phone: (928) 333-6808



Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

How can you get your kids into the handwashing habit? Here are a few tips for you below.

Share how handwashing helps

Why is it important to wash your hands? Explain to your children that handwashing helps prevent them from getting sick and making other people sick. No one likes to be sick, or get someone else sick. Handwashing can help prevent these from happening as often.

When to wash

Tell your child to wash his or her hands before:
-Touching his or her mouth, eyes, or nose
-Touching a cut or scrape

And after:
Going to the bathroom
-Playing with pets or other animals
-Touching pet food or treats
Being on playground equipment
-Being close to a person who is sick
-Touching a dirty diaper
-Touching garbage

4 steps to clean hands
1. Get wet and soapy. Get your hands wet in clean water. Put soap on your hands and make suds.
2. Rub rub rub your soapy hands together long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” in your head twice. Clean your palms, the back of your hands, and between your fingers. Don’t forget to clean   under your nails. Nails can trap dirt and germs.
3. Hold your hands under clean, running water. Rub them to rinse them fully.
4. Shake and dry. Shake your hands a few times, then dry them with a clean towel or hand dryer. Done!

When to reach for hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer doesn’t work well when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Soap and water are best because they remove dirt, grease, and germs fully. But hand sanitizer is a good backup when you can’t get to soap and water. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Tell your child to:
1. Put a quarter-sized blob of hand sanitizer into a palm.
2. Rub his or her hands–front and back and between fingers until they’re dry. Done!

Tips for success
Lead by example. Make sure to practice what you preach. Wash your hands before eating or cooking a meal, after using the bathroom, and after working or playing with your hands.
Be patient. It takes time for a child to get into the habit of handwashing, and do it properly. Make sure to give help when needed.
Remind as often as needed. Children will wash their hands if dirt is obvious, like mud or finger paint. They will need to be reminded to wash away germs that can’t be seen.

Medical Reviewers:
Barry Zingman MD,    L Renee Watson MSN RN,    Pat F Bass MD MPH

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Posters


Sometimes children are too sick to be at school, putting other students and staff risk of becoming ill.  Here are some guidelines for keeping your child home and for how long.

Fever 100.0 degrees or higher: Children should stay home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medicine.

Coughing: children should stay at home if they have sever/persistent coughing or coughing with other signs of illness such as fever, chills, muscle aches, colored discharge from mouth or nose.  The child should stay home until symptoms subside, and fever free for 24 hours.

Vomiting or Diarrhea: Children should stay home until it has been 24 hours or longer since their last episode of vomiting ort diarrhea.

Rashes: Check with your doctor or your school health staff before sending child with a rash to school.

Strep Throat: In cases of suspected or diagnosed strep throat, the child should be kept out of school until the diagnosis has been made and/or treatment has been under2way for at least 24 hours.

Chicken Pox: A child with chicken pox must be kept out of school for at least 5 days following the appearance of blisters.  Child may return to school after blisters scabbed over, dry, an fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Head Lice: Ad child with head lice must receive adequate treatment and all nits (eggs) removed from hair before returning to school.  Please bring student to the Health Office when returning to school for clearance.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Children should stay home until signs and symptoms are gone, or until 24 hours after appropriate treatment has been started and signs and symptoms are greatly reduced.

All of these illnesses are easily spread, both at school and in the family.  Frequent hand washing is the single most important thing we can do to help prevent the spread of infection.  Please encourage your children to wash their hands often.


Exclusion from school is recommended when

The illness prevents the student from participating comfortably in school activities.

The child has any of the following conditions:

Appears to be severely ill

Temperature above 100


Vomiting more than 2 times in the previous 24 hours

Abdominal pain that continues for more than 2 hours or intermittent pain associated with fever or other signs and symptoms

Mouth sores with drooling

Rash with fever or behavioral changes

Pink or red conjunctive (whites of the eyes) with white or yellow eye mucus drainage, often with mated eyelids after sleep and eye pain, or redness of the eyelids or skin around the eye until 24    hours after treatment has been started

Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment has been started

Strep Throat, until 24 hours after treatment has been started

Chickenpox or shingles, until all lesions have dried or crusted

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics