Thursday, March 5 started with a whole school assembly during LEAD about handwashing. Why have an assembly about something so simple?

All photos by Jackson Southern

Four students, including senior Fabian Vasquez Ramos pictured in the featured image of this story, volunteered to wash their hands and have them checked under special lighting to see if there were germs left. Only senior Lexi Archey had fully cleansed all dangerous germs from her hands.

The essence of staying healthy included the school nurse stating “One of the recommended ways to protect yourself from getting sick is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”


The challenge of proper handwashing was at the core of Nurse Barkaskey’s assembly to the 300 plusĀ  students sorting out how much they should be doing differently this flu season, especially with the threat of Covid 19, which as of March 11th has no vaccine or specific treatment.

Two separate Mythbusters videos showed how difficult it is to avoid the spread of germs – one video at a dinner party, the other showing the up to 15 feet germs can fly from one sneeze


Many of the suggestions felt like common sense to the student body, although the Mythbusters videos shown during the assembly were a strong reminder about how easily germs spread.

Personally, I’ve seen more people using the now many hand sanitizer dispensers in the school. Our school has gotten really worried about germs in the past week. Some students have been washing their hands more often, but they think it’s hard to not touch their face. These are some of the changes we have had to go through because of the Coronavirus.

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