The West Valley Christian Academy student is fine now, but on March 9 suffered an “adverse reaction” after licking the gel off her hands, Principal Teresa Smith said.
The child was taken to the hospital from the school, at 1790 Sequoia Boulevard.
The school until last week had stocked in every classroom jugs of the germ-killing gel, which can contain up to 90 percent alcohol.
Parents donate jugs to help protect kids from spreading colds or the flu.
Now, the school will only accept alcohol-free hand sanitizer, Smith wrote in a letter to parents of 250 kindergarteners through eighth graders.
Tracy Unified School District provides alcohol-based hand sanitizers to a few schools, Gary Jayne, director of material management said.
He said a Tracy Unified safety committee that meets quarterly is evaluating whether to discontinue allowing the substance in classrooms.
The Academy’s Smith said at a Parent Teacher Fellowship meeting earlier this year, she’d encouraged parents to send hand sanitizer without alcohol.
“Now we’ve made the administrative decision to not allow it on campus at all,” she said.
Roberto Alaniz, director of Disease Control and Prevention at the San Joaquin County public health department, said he recommends schools require children to wash their hands with soap or use non-alcoholic sanitizer to reduce risks.
Contact Tracy Press reporter Cassie Tomlin at 830-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.