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I have been trying to handle this in a positive manner,however I am not getting my point across.

In the classroom there are community hand towels for the kids to dry their hands off after washing.

DD has been instructed by myself and teacher [b]NOT[/b] to use the towels to dry her hands.

I feel we (the school and myself) need to address this.I have spoke to a few [b]KEY[/b] players.Still having a difficult time with it.

I feel the key players are missing the bigger picture.

Can Those of you that see the bigger picture please help!

Any help would be great!! Thanks

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On Apr 2, 2005

Hi Synthia,

Can you go to some corporate sponsor, like the closest store or some kids or educational business and ask them to sponsor a towel dispenser and a year's worth of paper towels? Like the kind you find in public bathrooms?

Or could you buy just a couple rolls of paper towels and a dispenser to donate to the school? Maybe you can get the PTA to do this via a fundraiser.

Might be the best idea since NO child should share towels with a room full of kids.

Peg

On Apr 2, 2005

Yuck, that is unsanitary regardless. I agree with Peg, the classroom should use disposable paper towels for everyone. If you want to show them a $-wise reason, for the minor cost of paper products, the kids are passing around germs which amount to much higher costs(medical costs, lost school days, lost work days).

On Apr 2, 2005

That's disgusting. Just wait until they start passing pinkeye around. When I saw the title of the thread, I just *cringed*!!

If the other parents hear about this, they will probably be more than willing to donate a couple of rolls of paper towels.

On Apr 2, 2005

How yucky! And against CDC guidelines and child care center licensing in my state. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

On Apr 3, 2005

That is just awful. Can't they get a hand dryer or like everyone said, paper towels. There are cheap, environmental brands out there. I think our school has air dryers. I think I may ask the kids to make sure....

Pam

On Apr 3, 2005

My children have the air dryers in their bathrooms at school. I know there was a thread here a couple of years ago by another Ontario member where they were cutting funds to the school board and one of the things going was paper towels in the bathrooms.

I know that here, at the beginning of each school year, all children are asked to bring a box of kleenex into school. Some of them *may* have the box of kleenex at their own desks for only their personal use, but, for the most part, they've been a donation to the classroom, so the teacher has say, in this case, this year, in my son's class, 35 boxes of kleenex and she can take one of those to place on her desk and then the kids go up and take a tissue. I actually don't think there is room in their desks to have individual kleenex boxes (or not in my guy's anyway, the mess his desk is right now [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

This has been asked for each year since my children started school, so for six years now.

I'm wondering if something similar could be done with the paper towels. A note going home to parents/guardians asking them to send in one roll of paper towel to be used in the classroom.

The idea of a communal towel is just, I'm sorry, yucky gross. Basically, what's the point of washing your hands if you're going to dry them on a communal towel? And who washes the communal towel and how often?

Other people have given you good ideas on how you can present this to the key people so that they will perhaps understand the need for paper towels (or an air dryer) rather than the communal towel. This isn't even PA related when push comes to shove. It's simply gross.

And I have to say, I avoided looking at the topic for a bit because of the title. I was afraid what I was going to read! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

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

On Apr 3, 2005

Have you spoken to your pediatrician about this? Perhaps a word from a Dr. about the health hazards of this could be helpful.

Also, just mentioning this to other parents may be helpful. I am sure it's not just PA parents who find this disgusting!

On Apr 4, 2005

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Originally posted by Peg541: [b]Hi Synthia,

Can you go to some corporate sponsor, like the closest store or some kids or educational business and ask them to sponsor a towel dispenser and a year's worth of paper towels? Like the kind you find in public bathrooms? [/b]

Hi Peg541,Thanks for the sugg's.The classroom has dispenser,I think they may be to high up on the wall and the dispenser is jamming! guote from peg [b]Or could you buy just a couple rolls of paper towels and a dispenser to donate to the school? Maybe you can get the PTA to do this via a fundraiser.[/b]Money is tight right now but I am going to see what I can do.

[b]Might be the best idea since NO child should share towels with a room full of kids.[/b] This was the first thing I thought of! Thanks Peg!! -------------------------------------------- [quote]Originally posted by Naturemom: [b]Yuck, that is unsanitary regardless. I agree with Peg, the classroom should use disposable paper towels for everyone. If you want to show them a $-wise reason, for the minor cost of paper products, the kids are passing around germs which amount to much higher costs(medical costs, lost school days, lost work days). [/b]

Naturemom,I agree it is yuck,I hear cost is a issue and yes lost school days,I still cannot figure out [b]why they are not getting the bigger picture DYKWIM[/b] Thanks for your your reply!! ------------------------------------------

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Originally posted by Sandra Y: [b]That's disgusting. Just wait until they start passing pinkeye around. When I saw the title of the thread, I just *cringed*!!

If the other parents hear about this, they will probably be more than willing to donate a couple of rolls of paper towels.[/b]

DD has been sick alot too much!!!!The parents do donate paper towels,but when they run out the have to pull monies from other areas,the money they pull for paper towels comes from a area that has no more funds! Thanks Sandra Y! --------------------------------------------

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Originally posted by pgrubbs: [b]How yucky! And against CDC guidelines and child care center licensing in my state. Yuck, yuck, yuck.[/b]

I hear ya!! Trying to handle it local DYKWIM!!!! --------------------------------------------

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Originally posted by leers: [b]That is just awful. Can't they get a hand dryer or like everyone said, paper towels. There are cheap, environmental brands out there. I think our school has air dryers. I think I may ask the kids to make sure....

Pam[/b]

It grosses me out not just for my child but for the [b]whole classroom[/b]Air dryers sounds good but would cost the district a pretty penny,but I still like the idea. Thanks Pam! --------------------------------------------

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Originally posted by csc: [b]My children have the air dryers in their bathrooms at school.

The idea of a communal towel is just, I'm sorry, yucky gross. Basically, what's the point of washing your hands if you're going to dry them on a communal towel?[/b]

This has crossed my mind,this is one place I can say [b]I donnot get it,that they donot get it??????[/b] [b] And who washes the communal towel and how often? This isn't even PA related when push comes to shove. It's simply gross.[/b] Community towels so I have been told go home at the end of the day to be washed![/b]

[b]And I have to say, I avoided looking at the topic for a bit because of the title. I was afraid what I was going to read! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img][/b] I was afarid to post the ?,I guess I picked the right title!!!! Thanks csc!

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

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Originally posted by ElleMo: [b]Have you spoken to your pediatrician about this? Perhaps a word from a Dr. about the health hazards of this could be helpful.[/b] DH and I have spoke of this area and I think it is going to come to that!!

[b]Also, just mentioning this to other parents may be helpful. I am sure it's not just PA parents who find this disgusting![/b]

Its kinda funny cause I thought of illness before PA. Thanks Ellemo!! ------------------------------------------- I know it is hard for some person to understand this,and If you have not dealt with it on a daily basis then you won't see the areas of concern,or understand them the way we parents and (adult onset)do. My next step is to go to the boss of the house.(principial his house so to speak) Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to everyone!

------------------ Love this site Synthia

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On Apr 4, 2005

There was a link someone posted for the school nurse assn. It was about proper handwashing. Maybe someone can link to it - I'm at work and don't have it bookmarked. Give them this and maybe it will help!

On Apr 4, 2005

Kathy L.,is this the one you are talking about? Clean Hands:A Critical Issue [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001808.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001808.html[/url]

------------------ Love this site Synthia edited to add:Clean Hands:A Critical Issue

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On Apr 5, 2005

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Originally posted by synthia: [b]Kathy L.,is this the one you are talking about? Clean Hands:A Critical Issue [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001808.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001808.html[/url]

[/b]

Yes, and it was only a few days old. Don't know how I missed it!

On Apr 5, 2005

I have this article although it doesn't say anything about how to dry the hands. In DS's school, they rely on donations of handi wipes from the parents.

[url="http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press/2000/MARCH/000315.HTM"]http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/press/2000/MARCH/000315.HTM[/url]

On Apr 6, 2005

Yuck yuck! Double yuck!

As many of you know, my son does not have food allergies. But, personally, I'd rather have him not wash then share a towel with 20+ kids. (At least it's only his own germs he'd have on his hands, rather then everyone elses.) Of course, for any kids with food allergies - their parents would be mad at me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]

I'm really confused here. (again) In a primary class room they put the papertowel dispenser (roll, whatever) to high for children to reach? Well, that's just brilliant isn't it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] Is there some legitimate reason they cannot lower it?

There was one class I saw where the kids could not reach the dispenser - so the teacher took it upon herself to put a second roll of paper towel on the counter where the kids could reach it. (She was a very good teacher - but not a rocket scientist, don't see why it takes such a streeeeetch of the imagination to deal with such a simple issue.)

On Apr 8, 2005

Thank you everyone for your support Community towel is out of the classroom!

JMO...I would reccomend that this be include in 504 for food allergies,or IHP.

No community towel in classroom.

------------------ Love this site Synthia

edited to add the word towel!!! Can you tell I am stressed???????

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