As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we’re trying to up the public’s hygiene levels to slow the spread.
You’ll have noticed more hand sanitisers dotted around, signs in bathrooms urging you to please, please wash your hands, and plenty of memes instructing you to recite lyrics when scrubbing with soap and water.
One teacher has come up with a pretty genius way to make sure the children in her class are thoroughly and frequently washing their hands.
Shauna Woods, 29, a teacher at Hallsville Schools in Missouri, has a custom stamp that reads ‘Mrs. Woods’, which she usually uses to stamp books in her classroom.
Amid coronavirus, Shauna began stamping the backs of children’s hands, the idea being that if they’ve washed their hands properly throughout the day, the stamp will be erased.
Students who have cleaned off the stamp by the end of the day get a prize.
Shauna shared the trick on Facebook, where it was shared more than 85,000 times and flooded with comments from parents and teachers planning to try the hack with their kids.
Shauna wrote: ‘We are doing our best in room 550 to keep the germs away.
‘Students got stamps on their hands this morning. If it’s gone by the end of the day from washing their hands, they get a prize. We are trying.’
While usually Shauna’s classroom has a sink, hand sanitisers, and disinfectant wipes, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the teacher to introduce the new method to ensure everyone’s hygiene is in tip-top shape.
After a test day that saw kids eagerly scrubbing their hands to try to win prizes, the trick has worked to get the students washing their hands multiple times throughout the day.
Shauna told Good Morning America: ‘It’s a fact of life that many kids are in close corners, interacting with one another all day.
‘They share many things, including germs.
‘I’ve had a Mrs. Woods stamp for years and have used it to stamp my classroom books.
‘I decided to grab that on a Monday morning, told students to wash their hands in the classroom sink and then come see their teacher — this was their morning work as we call it.
‘I put the stamp on their hands and they were sold when I told them prizes were involved.’
”Providing a visual reminder and incentive has boosted their hygiene regimen. I even joined in on the fun and put a stamp on my hand to be their positive role model.’