Teacher Sends Note Home About Smelly Students

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Teacher Sends Note Home About Smelly Students
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Wed, 11-27-2013 - 12:16am

A pre-K teacher in Buffalo seems to have handled a delicate situation not so delicately. Parents of students at the Build Academy are outraged after the teacher sent a note home complaining that some of her students were wearing dirty clothes and smelling bad. "URGENT NOTICE!!!" the handwritten letter sent to all parents in the class read. After griping about the odor, the letter continued, "It is a health and safety concern. It also makes it difficult for me to be close to them or even want to touch them. Enough said."

http://now.msn.com/buffalo-pre-k-teacher-sends-home-note-to-parents-saying-students-smell

Eek!  What do you think about the note she sent home? Was she wrong to send the letter to everyone?  Was her wording the main issue?

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 6:37am
We are a title I school, More than 1/2 of the families live in poverty. That makes social services MORE abundant here than somewhere where poverty is less, and some of those services are and should be clean clothes. I can't imagine what a stupid school the op sounds like, Maybe its a private school that isn't used to seeing such a thing.

 


 


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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 11-29-2013 - 10:18am

I'm guessing this school serves mostly poor students. Some may not have hot water in their homes, or parents with substance abuse issues, and bathing probably isn't a priority. It's sad, if this is the case. When I was a child, the poor kids in my class would have died of shame before going to school smelly and wearing dirty clothes.

I don't think the teacher should ignore the issue, however. She should have just sent a respectful note to the families whose kids were dirty.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 7:32am
Is the school so poor that they don't have extra clean clothes for kids to change into that may need to? Bad idea, shame on the school.

 


 


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Registered: 10-13-2013
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 12:45am

I think she should have taken more time to find better wording to get the point across.