Who should provide the wipes for kids after lunch?

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 3:37pm
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

It is Day 2 at my son's new school. I brought the first container of Wet Ones in. They are gone. They use them when the first get there in the a.m. and after lunch. (They return to their classroom immediately after eating their lunch--- it's a play first/then eat lunch program). They use tables instead of desks so there is an even greater risk. I feel it isn't necessary to have them wipe their hands when they get there in the a.m. We went through kindergarten like that- they sat at a table. But going back to the table right after eating is definately a risk. They all grab for the same supplies from a bucket in the middle of the table as well; no individual "pencil box." I can't keep supplying the wipes; what do you all do? Isn't it the school's responsibility to accomodate him and keep him safe?

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 4:09pm
Moni's picture
Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

I would say the school should provide wipes, or liquid soap at a tap and make sure they all wash their hands properly and dry after, that is going to be horrendously expensive for you to go through a packet of wipes a day, goodness.
I do understand wiping the hands on arrival though, Do children in the US have peanut butter on toast for breakfast?, they do in Australia, if they do then there is a chance that they could have some on their hands if parents havent been vigilant about getting their children to wash their hands after breaky at home.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 4:42pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I suppose the school should supply the wipes, but we have been buying them for the past two years. I buy Kirkland baby wipes from Costco several cases at a time. It costs hundreds of dollars a year to supply the wipes. I think of the expense as a donation to the school.
Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:55pm
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

Yes, it is common to have pb on toast or bagel in the morning here in the U.S.
Momcat, how many containers do you go through in a week or a month?

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 12:41am
MDGCPA's picture
Joined: 02/03/2007 - 09:00

We just signed our DS's 504 plan this week. In the plan it states that all students in his class will use wipes "Upon entering the classroom each morning and as they return to the room from lunch each day".
To get the school to agree to this (they were very resistant), we offered to pay for the wipes. However, once they were made part of his plan, and given "accommodations", they then said they would pay for them! What a great suprise for us.
DS - 9 P/TNA
DD - 13 Bee sting
[This message has been edited by MDGCPA (edited September 06, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 1:15am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Students with disabilities are entitled to a [b]free [/b]appropriate public education (FAPE). "Free" means, well "free" as in no cost to the parent. You are not required to pay for any of the accommodations that the 504 team have deemed necessary.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 4:52am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

Everyone uses a hand wipe before entering ds' kindergarten class. This includes all staff and students who use the classroom for the other 1/2 day session in which ds does not attend.
The school pays for these wipes.
The way I think about it is if my ds was in a wheelchair, would they ask me to pay for a ramp to be installed at the front door? Of course not.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 5:03am
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Title 34, sub section 104, the practical bible we have for non-discrimination that the 504 plans are based on says:
(c) Free education -- (1) General. For the purpose of this section, the provision of a free education is the provision of educational and related services without cost to the handicapped person or to his or her parents or guardian, except for those fees that are imposed on non-handicapped persons or their parents or guardian.
i.e. You are not responsible to buy hand wipes for the entire class. Now, if they want to charge every family in the class for wipes, THAT they can do.
I cut and pasted this from a reply of mine on another thread. Yes, it is nice that you would offer to supply the wipes, and I know that dh and I bend over backwards to make sure dd is safe, often by doing/buying/supplying things ourselves. BUT if truly following the letter and spirit of a 504 plan, the school either supplies the wipes, or charges all parents equally.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 9:47pm
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

In our school all the students had to bring one container of wipes, one bottle of hand sanitizer, kleenex. etc. This way they should have at 23 of each thing. But I always bring in extra wipes during the year.

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2007 - 10:42pm
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

Do baby wipes work just as well at removing the residue on hands as Wet Ones do? I know that Wet Ones have alcohol in them to kill germs and be antibacterial, so I have always had DD use them. Her last school also ordered and supplied the class with antibacterial wipes called Sani-Hands II (made by nice pak-they make hospital products). But the new school we are in has not found any wipes they can use so I have been buying BULK Wet-Ones and it is costing a bunch for us. The principal said they could purchase baby wipes in bulk and use those, but I wasn't sure it would work to get rid of peanut/nut residue on hands. Any thoughts?

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 1:56am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

A bit off topic, but for those buying Wet Ones, if you have a CVS in your area, they are on sale, but the sale ends tomorrow. We paid $1.99 per canister (40 wipes in a canister)


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