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Franklin County Schools hold handwashing PSA contest

Posted at 6:20 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 06:28:32-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Does your kid know how to properly wash their hands? They have the chance to teach others and win a prize.

Franklin County Schools is holding a contest open to all students to create a public service announcement showing the proper way to wash your hands.

Students are encouraged to be creative with their PSA, which must be less than one minute.

The contest is being held toward the end of flu season and as cases of the novel coronavirus rise in Kentucky. There are currently six confirmed cases in Fayette, Jefferson and Harrison counties. The biggest piece of advice state and local officials have to prevent getting the virus is to properly wash your hands. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should 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.

Superintendent Mark Kopp says that's a lesson, or reminder, that students and staff can follow all the time.

"The things that are most common to us become so common that we don't actually really consider the importance of what you're actually doing there and spending the proper amount of time and using the proper soap and temperature of the water and all of those things,” said Kopp.

PSAs must be emailed to Kristen Waits at kristen.waits@franklin.kyschools.us by Friday, March 13th. The winner or winning group will have their PSA shared on the district's website and social media next week.