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.
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.
During the height of the pandemic, schools across the country did a great job making hand hygiene possible by providing sanitizer. Sanitizers were needed in HUGE quantities because sinks weren’t present where needed.
With next-generation sinks, a durable solution is now possible.
How durable? HappyTap comes with a 5-year warranty.
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:
CDC advises that staff and children in schools and early care and education (ECE) programs wash hands with soap and water, and recommends:
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.
Convenient sinks help bring handwashing behaviour to life. Real impact.
Modular design and configurability make deployment possible in record time.
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.
Next generation sinks are eligible for funding as handwashing supplies to implement the CDC recommendations. They are ideal to:
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.