Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, etc.

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  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    What do most middle/high school teachers do about supplies such as tissues/hand sanitizer?

    My students go through one tissue box every 3 days, especially in cold season. I am out of what has been donated to me and I am planning on just putting out school toilet paper. My friend who teaches elementary school told me that I should email the parents and ask for donations. I have some parent emails so I think a few would donate, but I also teach in a Title 1 School and most parents do not reply to emails. Is it ok to just keep the school toilet paper out? I feel bad but I can't afford to buy a tissue box every 2-3 days.

    I could offer an incentive like a prize in exchange for a tissue box (but I am trying to save prizes for things like completing the math challenge, high test scores for certain students, students with 100% homework completion, etc.)
     
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    I, personally, favor the school toilet paper, since it puts the need right back on the school's shoulders. As for hand sanitizer, I am not a fan. Soap and water work well/better, so I resign myself to sending them to the bathroom to wash hands. Surprisingly, that is something that students do tend to bring in on their own if it really matters to them. I keep glass plus on hand but away from the students. If there is a huge sneeze all over a desk, I will wash the desk without missing a beat. Kids are not allowed to handle the product. Admittedly, I work at a school where we are not supposed to have hand sanitizer available - some students will ingest for the alcohol.

    If in doubt, ask admin if they are OK with the TP out. If not, ask them where the supplies of tissues are kept, since your salary can't cover a box every three days. If they say no tissues, then the TP will probably be considered just fine.
     
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    I would still have to ask for the school tp but I could ask a custodian.
     
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    Personal experience would suggest that you ask admin if they are OK with TP out as tissues. Custodians can give it to you, but admin may be offended to see it in the classroom. That's what I saw happen in my school. Miraculously, we were told to ask nurse for tissues. They come in tiny boxes, but we just keep asking for more, if that's what admin wants. Any time the nurse is lacking in supplies like that, the TP reappears without any ramifications.
     
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    So glad my school supplies these!
     
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    I buy hand sanitizer and tissues for my classroom.
     
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    If the office didn't supply it (mine doesn't but we have supportive families), I'd ask parents to send some in. If it didn't show up, I'd suggest students bring pocket packs of tissue and their own mini bottles of hands sanitizer.

    The school can supply it, or parents/students. I would not buy it out of pocket. The roll of school TP seems like a reasonable solution if none other can be found, and if admin complained I'd ask again if the school would purchase some for my room. Buying Kleenex for students is not something that my paycheck is supposed to cover, and buying it is just normalizing it and making it seem like it's something we should all do.
     
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    I think I will just put out the school tp!! Thanks everyone.
     
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    Huh, I never even thought about it. I usually can manage through class donations, though.

    Yeah, I wouldn't buy it.
     
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    I buy the big cases of tissues at Costco and split it with DH. I don’t like sanitizer, so I don’t buy it. However, I usually have some on hand because there is always some place giving it away.

    I have bought toilet paper to use as tissues, too. The school tissue is yucky, so I buy better quality and use it for tissues. My 8th graders don’t use as many as my 7th graders did, though. I’ve not bought toilet paper since I’ve moved to 8th grade.
     
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    I am not a fan of hand sanitizer, as it dries your hands out. If I were a classroom teacher and not a specialist, I would have kids just wash their hands before they eat. I have noticed that in upper elementary, kids eat snack without washing hands or anything. The teachers leave it up to the kids. If I run out of tissues, which I rarely do because my classes are small, I send one or two students to get me a new one during an activity (not during direction time or any important moments in class). Sanitizer and tissues are not a hill I want to die on, and as most of my students do not have the money for these supplies, I do not expect them to donate these things. Either the school supplies me with it, or I buy it for the kids. I co-teach in a classroom where supplies frequently go missing, and I noticed one day that without making a big deal of it, my co-teacher stopped handing out pencils. I guess she was too sick of how fast they were dissappearing.
     
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    I had several teachers in middle/high school offer something like 5-10 extra credit points for bringing in a box of tissues at the beginning of the year. I know several here are horrified at that thought ;). My guess is that the 5 points wasn't enough to actually make any kind of difference for anyone grade wise, but was enough of an incentive to get many students to go home and ask their parents for a box of tissues. I also think it's okay to ask for donations- you might not get many, but you never know until you ask. Might as well try. If you can't find a way to get any, I think putting out the school toilet paper is fine. I personally would not spend my own money on tissues for my classroom.

    ETA: I really don't think hand sanitizer is necessary, especially for secondary. If students want to wash their hands that badly, they can do so between classes in the restroom. Even in elementary I've never put it out in my classroom. I wouldn't worry about buying it if you can't get it donated.
     
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    The vendor my district (and most surrounding districts) uses provides us with super low-quality tissues. We order enough tissue boxes so that no one ever runs out, but many (most?) teachers ask for donations and use office tissue boxes as backup.

    Believe it or not, even at low SES schools like mine (where nearly 100% of students receive free lunch), parents are happy to donate a box of tissue to the classroom (not that they should have to, though--as we should have the option to pay extra to order higher quality tissue).
     
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    We get donations from our homeroom students in the fall. Each student is asked to bring 3 boxes, and those 60 boxes are usually enough to see me through the year.
     
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    My issue is that I am not a general education teacher, and I don't want my students to donate twice. If I were gen ed, I would ask for donations.
     
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    I honestly have no idea where my school's Title 1 funds are going! My principal said that any time he gets funding, he puts it towards technology, which is fair. But it would be nice to have some basic needs in the classroom met!
     
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    I would have been fine giving a point of extra credit or a homework pass but I'm pretty sure that my administration would not like it. A point added to their classwork would not do anything to their grades.
     

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