FAQs

Please email any additional questions to SNAP@cleaninginstitute.org.

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day.

The American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognized the dire need for young people to wash their hands to decrease the spread of illnesses and absenteeism in the classroom. Nearly 22 million school days are lost due to the common cold alone, not to mention other diseases that are caused by bacteria and viruses.

Explore the rest of this site to learn more about the Healthy Schools, Healthy People Program, download resources and get ideas about how you can launch your own campaign to raise hand hygiene awareness in your local schools and community. We encourage you to use our hand hygiene materials anytime.

It is FREE! All you have to do is download educational resources and materials at www.itsasnap.org OR cleaninginstitute.org.

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, program is intended for educational purposes and is open to all public/private K-12 schools in states, territories and tribes within the US. Teachers of all disciplines, students, school nurses and other health personnel, food service staff, custodial/maintenance staff, administrators and parents are also encouraged to participate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends when you should wash your hands and the right way to wash. They also give guidance on using hand sanitizer when you don?t have soap and clean, running water. To be eligible for national recognition, clean hands projects, activities and campaigns must include the key handwashing messages on the Handwashing Facts page.

The American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked in collaboration to develop the Healthy Schools, Healthy People Program.

ACI is the non-profit trade association representing manufacturers of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products; their ingredients; and finished packaging (for more information, visit the ACI website at www.cleaninginstitute.org).

The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through strong partnerships (for more information, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov).