1. P wright

    Cover with the inside of your elbow! If you cough into your hand and then touch everything, it’s the same as coughing on it! Germs live for hours or longer on surfaces and in the air!

  2. Alice

    Both suggestions are wrong! You should cough/sneeze in the inside of your elbow, if a child coughs or sneezes into their hand, it’ll be everywhere within minutes! Yuck.

  3. Winifred Rosenburg

    Actually you should sneeze into a hankerchief or tissue. If you sneeze into your elbow, your shirt is now contaminated for the rest of the day. Most teachers now stock their classrooms with large bottles of hand sanitizer. The teacher should encourage them to use it after they sneeze, especially if they don’t get a tissue out in time.

  4. Heather

    I’m a schoolteacher, and I have to say I’m surprised by the teacher’s list. (Not that her list is really the subject of the question.) Teachers usually have four or five, like “Do not use mean words” or “Always ask before leaving the room”; usually, we take the stance that children are likelier to forget as the number of items increases. I’ve never met a teacher with such a lengthy list!

  5. Lilli

    I’m with Winifred on this one – sneezing into your elbow is gross! If I sneeze unexpectedly and can’t get a tissue I sneeze into my hand and then wash them immediately to minimize spreading germs. Unless you’re in the habit of changing your shirt each time you sneeze, walking around with a germy elbow all day is far worse!

  6. Frances Thomas

    I’m a teacher and expect students to know to sneeze into their elbow, since this reduces spreading germs. The chances of the inside of their elbow touching the doorknob, books and papers, a marker at the whiteboard or even their desktop is much less than the likelihood of their hand touching these. Especially in school where sickness can spread so quickly and cause some to miss school, this is just a matter of courtesy and respect.
    As for the number of rules, I usually use only a few rules and then connect those to whatever is related to them, but it sounds like the teacher was using the rules to make sure all bases were covered and prevent later misunderstanding or someone using the excuse that they didn’t know what was expected. Most teachers are expected to teach the class(es) what the expectations are at the beginning of the school year.

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