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Letter from the Director!

Dear Families,

We are in the midst of flu season. The CDC states that flu season peaks between December and February each year. The best way to keep from spreading the virus is by washing your hands. As you well know, washing your hands is the best way of preventing the spread of germs from one person to the other. People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without realizing it, each of which is a portal into your body. Germs from unwashed hands can transfer from the objects we touch and then can transfer to other people when we shake their hands. It is important to make sure we are teaching the children proper ways of washing hands.

Want a fun activity to help teach your child about germs? I conducted a fun activity with a class of 3-year-olds one year. I put glitter on my hands and then gave each of my kids in the class a high five. They were able to see how the germs (glitter) transferred from my hands to theirs. They were amazed with it. We then went to wash our hands. We had some children wash for just a few seconds and the others to wash the full 20 seconds. This helped the children see why washing their hands for 20 seconds or to the song of ABC twice was important.

We here at DCDC West ask that when dropping off your children, please have them go into the restrooms in their classroom and wash their hands. This will help us keep the germs down and the illnesses away. We will also be spending time in the month of February to discuss with the children the importance of handwashing.

Lisa Frye

Site Director

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