What If There's No Soap?
The District school system is urging students to vigorously and frequently wash their hands with soap.
Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and DC Health Department director Dr. Pierre Vigilance urge “lathering well above the wrists and (rubbing) your hands together for at least 15-20 seconds."
Children should scrub for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” twice.
But what if there's no soap?
. A spot check of teachers in schools today, including Roosevelt High School in Northwest, Hart Middle School in Southeast, Emery Education Campus in Northeast and West Education Center Campus in Northwest showed multiple rest rooms without soap.
“Sometimes there is soap; more often, there isn’t,” said an instructor at Hart, who like others asked not to be named for fear of reprisals. “I keep hand sanitizer in my room. Yesterday there was no soap in the first floor girls’ bathroom.”
“Some bathrooms have soap and others have soap dispensers that do not work, so you can only wash your hands with soap in some restrooms,” said a Roosevelt teacher.
“Routinely, there is no soap, paper towels, etc in many of the bathrooms,” said a teacher at West.
A DCPS spokeswoman aid the school system had no reports of soap shortages but stood ready to respond to any supply requests
_ Bill Turque
Michael E. Ruane
May 1, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
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