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The Healthy Schools Project*

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Schools Address Hand Hygiene

School officials at three schools in Georgia, which joined The Healthy Schools Project* between 2012 and 2013, share insight into their efforts to beat germs and boost attendance by changing hand-hygiene behavior.

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Illness Affects Everyone

Here are the average number of illness-related school and work days missed each year.1

Teachers

5.3 Missed school days per year

Schools spend over $2 billion on substitute teacher pay each year.

Students

4.5 Missed school days per year

Absences are linked to lower achievement and higher school dropout rates.

Parents

3.0 Missed work days per year

Caring for a sick child results in 126 million lost work days and $14.5 billion in lost productivity annually.

1. Kimberly-Clark Professional, "The Healthy Schools Project" brochure.
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