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 grassroots, 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.

To learn more about the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! Program and how you can get involved, review the About Us page. Download the free materials to get started.

Click on the links below for a printable PDF version of the materials:

We encourage you to use our hand hygiene materials anytime. However, if you are interested in applying for national recognition you should be aware that the deadline to submit your entry is February 7. The national award recipient school will receive an educational all-expense paid trip for three to meet with leaders from ACI, the cleaning products industry, their elected representatives on Capitol Hill and much more!

It is FREE! All you have to do is download the materials at www.itsasnap.org OR order a copy by emailing to SNAP@cleaninginstitute.org.

The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! National Awards Recognition 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.

Applying is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Write or type in your school information on the Application Form.
  2. Attach a one page summary of your project.
        Be sure to include how your team implemented the key handwashing messages.
  3. Include supporting information.
        Attach or link to online pictures, blogs, articles, posters, videos*, etc.
        *Any video submitted should be less than 5 minutes

Email to: SNAP@cleaninginstitute.org

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. You can email your one page summary, supplemental materials and Application Form to SNAP@cleaninginstitute.org. To include a video, we recommend that you upload it to SchoolTube or YouTube and include the link in your email.

If you need to mail any materials, please send to:

Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP!
1331 L Street NW, Suite 650
Washington DC, 20005

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 deadline to apply for national recognition is February 7.

Click here to view the one page summary from the 2018 project that earned the national award.

Projects, activities and campaigns, that are submitted for the national award recognition, will be evaluated on:

  • Creativity
  • Ability for other schools or communities to replicate your project
  • Evidence of teamwork
  • Adherence to guidelines (must use key handwashing messages)
  • Program impact
    • How many others (students, family friends, etc) did you share the key handwashing messages with?
    • What are your ideas for sharing the messages in the future?

Download the complete Awards Application Guidelines.

The top recipients will receive national recognition and media attention. One top classroom project will be selected to receive the national award. In some circumstances, exceptional runner-up projects may also be recognized.

The top-recipient classroom will receive special recognition for the entire classroom. Up to three representatives from the school will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with leaders from ACI, the cleaning products industry and their elected representiatives on Capitol Hill.

All participating classrooms who apply for national recognition will receive a certificate of recognition.

Award recipients will be contacted by March.

The American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked in collaboration to develop the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! 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).