Illinois legislator wants to require students in Chicago schools to wash their hands before eating

Feb. 15, 2007
Proposal also calls for Chicago schools to upgrade hand-washing facilities.

The Illinois House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on a proposal that would require all Chicago schoolchildren to wash their hands "with antiseptic soap" before eating, and for the district to upgrade their hand-washing facilities to "nationally accepted standards." Rep. Mary Flowers of Chicago say she believes the bill she has introduced could save lives, or at least reduce absenteeism in city schools. But it's not clear how such a handwashing requirement would be managed or enforced.

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