safety precautions for computer lab

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By luvmyboys on Wed, 10-04-06, 02:46

Sorry...the only threads on this topic are a number of years old and I can't find the info I need...

DS is in kindergarten. I need to make computer lab safety on par with the rest of our 504 plan (no peanuts in classroom, food only at 3 celebrations a year, 1st specials of day so tables are clean...). Seems logical he shouldn't then be using a keyboard that was just used by a child who ate peanut butter for lunch.

I inquired about getting a keyboard cover just for him. This seemed simplest and safest for all involved. I offered to locate and purchase it so they sent me pictures of the keyboard. However they pointed out that kindergarteners use the mouse much more than the keyboard. Any thoughts?

I would think it is easier to remove residue from a mouse than a keyboard. Then again I could provide a mouse but if it is hard to access the connection point it will just cause a lot of hassle...plus they are more likely to forget to switch that out than a keyboard cover I would think.

What do you all do for computer safety?

Luvmyboys

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By ajgauthier on Wed, 10-04-06, 02:53

I've had reactions from shared keyboards, mice, and phones at work. Not major ones...but getting local contact hives (taken care of by benadryl...in my book it's no biggie)

Anyhoot - unless they want to insist that every kid who enters the lab wash their hands (which is probably impossible), I think it's advisable to have his own mouse, keyboard cover, etc.

As far as trouble reaching the mouse port...there are these great extension cords for those type of connections...maybe like $10 or so...so they could assign your son a computer, he always uses that one...and it's easy to interchange the mouse b/c there is an extension.

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By kjtran1 on Wed, 10-04-06, 16:03

Quote:Originally posted by luvmyboys:
[b]Sorry...the only threads on this topic are a number of years old and I can't find the info I need...

DS is in kindergarten. I need to make computer lab safety on par with the rest of our 504 plan (no peanuts in classroom, food only at 3 celebrations a year, 1st specials of day so tables are clean...). Seems logical he shouldn't then be using a keyboard that was just used by a child who ate peanut butter for lunch.

I inquired about getting a keyboard cover just for him. This seemed simplest and safest for all involved. I offered to locate and purchase it so they sent me pictures of the keyboard. However they pointed out that kindergarteners use the mouse much more than the keyboard. Any thoughts?

I would think it is easier to remove residue from a mouse than a keyboard. Then again I could provide a mouse but if it is hard to access the connection point it will just cause a lot of hassle...plus they are more likely to forget to switch that out than a keyboard cover I would think.

What do you all do for computer safety?

Luvmyboys[/b]

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By kjtran1 on Wed, 10-04-06, 16:05

Our 7 year old was having same problem. going to computer lab 3 times a week. First they said to bring wet wipes in. But how thorough can a 7 year old clean a keyboard with an allergen that he is highly allergic too? We offered to bring in his own keyboard and mouse, but then there were questions who would hook it up, where would it be stored, etc. So the school just opted to designate one of the 20 computers, one as peanut free... just like the peanut free table in the cafeteria.

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By on Thu, 10-05-06, 02:24

We don't have to do it in the school my son goes to now because the computers are wiped down after each class uses them (the keyboards and mice) (or so the sorry goes [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] ).

I didn't think about anything, although I had read about a PA parent doing this in Canada just when my son was starting school - her child went to school with her own keyboard and mouse.

When Valerie posted here about her son having an anaphylactic reaction to residue on a keyboard, then it was when I approached my son's then school, when he was in Grade 2 (4 years ago).

The school actually provided me with the keyboard and the mouse.

I think the other thing is that my son sits at the same computer each time.

Sorry if not too helpful right now - brain just went blip and it's odd how some other person in the house can use the computer all night and NOT be interrupted (heaven forbid) but when you take five seconds well..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By ryan's mom on Thu, 10-05-06, 11:19

Ryan was presented with a number of options on how to handle this (he's in 4th grade). You know what he chose? The snug-fitting non-latex gloves! This was HIS preferences if you can believe it.

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By luvmyboys on Fri, 10-06-06, 02:46

Well we are going with the keyboard cover...so far the best option for the mouse seems to be to provide a mouse and extension. I need to get in and look at the lab. Thanks for all the ideas.
luvmyboys

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By ajgauthier on Fri, 10-06-06, 05:19

Quote:Originally posted by luvmyboys:
[b]Well we are going with the keyboard cover...so far the best option for the mouse seems to be to provide a mouse and extension. I need to get in and look at the lab. Thanks for all the ideas.
luvmyboys[/b]

I'm glad you figured out something that works [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Depending on the computer and the mice they have, you may need a ps2 (mouse port connection) & USB connector piece, then use a USB extension cord. Many ways to do it!

One option that may work easily --- if the computers are PCs, there may be a USB connection in the front under the 'flap cover' thing (if there is one), you'll have to poke around and look. Then, just get your son a USB mouse and it'll be easy to change. Otherwise...it might also be easier to just get him a USB mouse and a USB extension cord...no converter piece involved (and those can get unplugged and lost).

Good luck!

Adrienne

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By CVRTBB on Fri, 10-06-06, 15:48

I agree with everyone else, I would have his own mouse. My son had an anaphalactic reaction from residue on the keyboard or mouse that required epi and ambulance. Not something I'd want to repeat if I could help it. I don't have to worry about it now because he is homeschooled and our house is definately peanut free [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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