Are they taking my stuff?

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  1. TeacherWhoRuns

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    I am a rpart-time reading specialist. My classroom is also used by the after school program.
    I put away all my supplies at the end of the day. Nothing is out because the afterschool program has their own supplies...or they're supposed to.
    This year at the beginning of the year, I was finding my dry-erase markers all over the room. I had them marked so I know they were mine. I asked some students if someone had been going into my cabinets and they told me that the teacher used stuff from the cabinet and pointed to the one where my stuff is stored.
    That teacher left and a new one took over. I've tried to be solicitous, offering her space for storage and agreeing to let her put up student projects for decoration. For some time, I've been finding my student pencils in desks and broken on the floor. I know they're mine because they were personalized and about to be thrown out when I rescued them. This past month, I've been out on a personal situation. I came back to find the entire drawer where my student pencils had been is now empty. I didn't have a sub while I was out, so there is really only one place to think my pencils have gone.
    In addition to that, I bought an electric sharpener. I had it in the packaging, in a closest. I didn't want to leave it out for student use, so I kept it closed away. It was the same brand the afterschool program had, and they had one out for student use. Now there are two sharpeners out. I was looking for my sharpener today and it's not in the closet.. I was pretty ill before Christmas, so I had the thought that maybe I'd brought it home and just forgotten about it. Nope. I looked at home and it's not here.
    I really don't want to make accusations, but things like dry erase markers and the sharpener came out of MY pocket money. It's getting to the point where I feel like I need to schlep whatever I'm using from home every day in order for it not to disappear.
     
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    Lock it up. That is the only way to make sure they aren't getting it.
     
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    I am also a specialist and my space is frequently used by outside groups after hours. I have found my personal supplies depleted, destroyed, or missing entirely. It has gotten to the point that I lock up anything that I would miss, especially when I know that an outside group is coming in. It's frustrating for sure, because I feel like I should be able to safely leave my fancy pens out on my own desk, but apparently that is too much to ask. Ugh.
     
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    I agree that locking things up is the best idea. It sounds like you don't have too much stuff - pencils, sharpener, whiteboard markers - and even if you don't have something that locks you should be able to find an affordable locking filebox or something like that.

    There is also a chance that there is a misunderstanding. It could be people being disrespectful to others' belongings, and most likely it is, but it also might be the case that the people in the other program think that these are school supplies that they have free access to.
     
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    Lock them all up
     
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    Fort Knox. :D
     
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    I asked months ago about fixing the latch on the cabinet. It never got done. I doubt that a lock will ever get installed. I can ask if I can do it myself, but I have a feeling I'll get a no on that one.

    To the poster who suggested that it might just be a misunderstanding - it's been going on for years in all the rooms that this program uses. We complain, they apologize, it continues. Last year when I'd walk in in the morning, I'd find a disaster area - glitter and dried glue over everything, mud on the floor, scraps everywhere...the person in my room this year keeps it clean, but you can see we have other issues.

    I'll pursue the lock idea and ask the custodian if she can do anything without going through the district.
     
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    What kind of handles are on the doors to the cabinets? If it's anything that sticks out (see picture) you could put a chain through the handles and lock it, no installation needed. A bike lock would work too.

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