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Poor Hygiene in the Classroom
Transcript of Poor Hygiene in the Classroom
who have poor hygiene. It is a sensitive issue that needs to be managed effectively Poor hygiene could be due to:
drugs/alcohol Poor hygiene can lead to:
lack of participation Bullying Illness Allergies Lack of Participation Alienation Student can be picked on because of poor hygiene
Teacher then has to deal with bullies and victims Students can be alienated by their peers
May lead to further poor hygiene behaviours Poor hygiene can lead to illnesses
Germs can spread to others May not want or be able to participate in gym class
May be more concentrated on problems stemming from their hygiene issues Spreading allergens
The use of scents to cover smells Preventative Strategies a lesson unit on the health benefits of good personal hygiene
cultural sensitivity training
knowledge of the family’s socio-economic situation
some people may be allergic to scents and/or perfumes
placing signage in the washrooms about the importance of washing hands Follow Up Strategies Incentives: variable schedule treats for when an identified student comes clean and smell free every day
Checklist of hygienic activities they achieved that day
Supply soaps, deodorants, tooth brushes if possible, at reasonable rates
Appreciation: “you look nice today” ; "great hair cut” etc.
Give pamphlets or necessary information to parents of where they can get resources (united way, goodwill etc.)
Have tampons and pads available to students in bathrooms
Have hand sanitizing stations available in the school
Encourage and leave time for showers after gym class; have soap dispensers and towels
Add facts about personal hygiene in your schools morning announcements
Send home newsletters about personal hygiene; what students can do at home to stay healthy, clean and bacteria free
Doing school clean ups of yard: rewards for seeing students picking up garbage
Do not stigmatize unclean children, but offer support, tips and resources
Be aware of legal issues, or becoming a bully yourself as a teacher Younger Grades create quizzes, games, colouring pages etc. to raise awareness Older Grades Have discussions
Probe students with questions about changes to the body during puberty and what extra efforts need to be taken to ensure their bodies stay healthy
Why is it important to have good hygiene?
How will hygiene affect us in the future? Clip from "The Wire" Strategies to Address the Situation Incorporate a hygiene class into everyday curriculum. Have a discussion with the class about proper hygiene like brushing teeth, nose picking, body washing, and wearing clean clothes.
Pros: Not singling student out; giving the student an opportunity to address the problem without speaking to them first.
Cons: If this is a senior class, they might find it humorous and embarrassing, especially if learning about why not to pick on their nose. If the class is being discriminatory and harassing the student, incorporate a lesson on acceptance and diversity.
It is important to try and find out the reasons for the poor hygiene. Having a conversation with the student and the parents might reveal that they are low income family. If this is the case, provide resources on local and community services. Collaborate with the Health/Phys. Ed teacher. It may be easier for them to have a discussion with the class on this topic. Contact local stores for free sample sized hygiene products. Hand them out to the whole class, again not singling out one student. Discussion Questions 1) How do you feel about the issue of hygiene? Should it be a mandated item (i.e. fall under school policies or school board policies)?
2) Should students who engage in sports activities and other active endeavours during the school day be forced to shower before returning to class? What if they are uncomfortable?
3) If you were aware of a situation like Dukie's in your class, would you feel comfortable approaching that student with a similar solution? Would washing a student's clothes for them in your home constitute inappropriate behaviour?
4) What avenues for solution should all schools have available for situations involving hygiene? What avenues have you observed in your placements?