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Scented Items in Classrooms

Now – another topic that I know there is a thread for, but . . . I noticed when I went back to school that many teachers now have the wax melters and air fresheners in their classroom, and in some rooms it is very overpowering. It kind of made me panic because I thought of the kids in those rooms and if they have severe asthma and are there all day . . . NOT GOOD. So I am going to bring it up with our head nurse and maybe they will consider changing this. I know some schools do not allow any of that. It never would have occurred to me as a health issue before, but now I think some of these kids could be feeling bad and don't even know why. I'll let you know how it turns out. To me this is just as serious as the peanut issue.

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  • Kathy P

    Wow, I wouldn't have thought about that either! But thinking about it, I remember teachers having air freshener type stuff starting around 5th grade – because that's when kids start to get pretty stinky!

    I don't think any of our schools had a policy against it.

  • AS

    I spoke with our school nurse today and she is bringing it to the district meeting. She has also been suffering with similar asthma symptoms and she totally gets it. I'll let everyone know what happens. 

  • Kathy P

    I'm glad the school nurse gets it! Hopefully the district will listen.Keep us posted!

  • Jen

    I'm glad the school nurse was receptive.  Keep us posted on how things go.

  • K8sMom2002

    Such a great idea you had! I actually taught 5th grade a million years ago, and we had no window that would open in our classroom. I do know how hot and sweaty the kiddos would get after PE …  

    However, for me, even then (before my asthma was at this point), I couldn't stand the mix of perfume/fragrance and body odor.  And now, just walking into an office or waiting room with those wax things can set me off. So I hope your school nurse can get some change going! Maybe she could suggest letting ALL the kids have some time in the restroom to use a packet of baby wipes or something like that to freshen up after PE or recess.

    Keep us posted!

  • Jen

    @AS What did the school nurse have to say about the district meeting?

  • AS

    I haven't heard back from her – I will check in. Things are crazy right now – start of school, conferences, Labor Day, etc. We can't get in the groove yet.

  • Jen

    I hear you.  My kids just went back this week.  Still trying to get back in the swing of things.

  • Jen

    @AS Now that the school year is well underway, have you been able to talk to the school nurse?

  • K8sMom2002

    @AS, I'm wondering if with the holidays coming up, you're finding more "seasonal" potpourri and candles and scents. How are things going, scent-wise?