Maintaining safety is a team effort.

And with the right tools, it can be practical and affordable.

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Competing priorities,
urgent demands

  • Caretakers and administrators need practical solutions they can implement with available funding
  • Teachers need to be protected from infectious diseases
  • Parents need classes to stay open and operate safely
  • Equality in outcomes—no student / school / district / community left behind

Schools face challenges to ensure safe return to in-person instruction

HVAC upgrades for improved ventilation

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Social distancing and mask protocols

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Significantly increased handwashing

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But available funding is difficult to deploy efficiently

The New Normal in Hand Hygiene

is possible today

High-impact, modular facilities are being implemented at scale, in a matter of weeks.

Next-generation sinks allow care providers to implement CDC guidance for improved handwashing with little-to-no capital investment.

Learn how to create the new normal for hygiene

Includes key considerations for pre-schools & daycares, and
practical considerations to achieve real behaviour change.

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Low-capital, low-risk

A pre-k with 50 children could be fully prepared for less than $500.

An elementary school with 15 classrooms would be fully upgraded with durable handwashing stations for less than $3,000.

Even large schools can complement existing infrastructure using next-generation sinks while budgeting less than $5,000.

Sinks beyond the bathroom

It’s not enough to provide sinks only in bathrooms. Why? Because it’s not enough to wash hands only after using the toilet. 

Safety requires hand washing in more places and more times. Pioneering educators and care providers are changing where sinks are placed to ensure hygiene compliance throughout the day at vital locations—especially right inside the classroom.


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded funds to SEA to enable LEAs (including many charter schools) to improve safety. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund—including the CARES & CRRSA ESSER and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER—and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund may be used to support these efforts in pre-K through 12.

An LEA must demonstrate: 

  • how its plan will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff; and
  • the extent to which it has adopted policies on each of the prevention and mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC

For background information of the funds, visit ARP ESSER, CARES & CRRSA ESSER, & GEER


CDC advises that staff and children in schools and early care and education (ECE) programs wash hands with soap and water, and recommends:

  • Building time into daily routines for children and staff to wash hands
  • Teaching and reinforcing handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Increasing access to hand hygiene infrastructure and supplies
"Keep hand sanitizer out of reach of young children and supervise their use.”

Next-generation sinks need to be...

... pleasant, safe & effective

81% of people worldwide aren’t cleaning their hands regularly because it’s inconvenient and unpleasant.

Sinks need to be a delight to use, conveniently located, and pose no risk of children ingesting alcohol sanitizer or suffering chemical burns in their eyes.

...high impact, modular facilities

Convenient sinks help bring handwashing behaviour to life. Real impact.

Modular design and configurability make deployment possible in record time.

… flexible and affordable

Piped sinks are rigid and unmoveable, unable to adapt to the needs of people and their environment.

Next generation sinks must be able to serve multiple, high-demand locations - from the classroom to the playground, or from the waiting room to the triage area.

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Next generation sinks are eligible for funding as handwashing supplies to implement the CDC recommendations. They are ideal to:

  • enable access for individuals with disabilities
  • help principals address the needs of their individual schools
  • improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs
  • improve training and professional development for LEA staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases
  • maintenance of equity for high-poverty schools

Avoid construction

Simple: schools need to offer handwashing sinks in every classroom

Complicated: retrofitting spaces with water pipes and drainage

The U.S. Department of Education officially discourages LEAs from using ESSER and GEER funds for construction because it may limit an LEA’s ability to support other essential needs. Remodeling, renovation, and new construction are often time-consuming, which may not be workable under the shorter timelines associated with ESSER and GEER funds.

Using these funds to install piped sinks requires prior written approval from an LEA’s Governor or SEA.

It must also comply with Davis-Bacon, 34 CFR §§ 76.600, and 75.600-75.618, which in turn require various assessments, including environmental impact, wages of workers, historic preservation, title and right of access, public advertising market bidding, and financial and economic assessments. Compliance is also required with OMB Standard Forms 24B and D.

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The new normal for hygiene

Putting handwashing within reach