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Lauren82
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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by MichLiz213

In my district we are not allowed to use any outside cleaning products on anything, including Clorox and Lysol.



Same here. I cannot even use baby wipes in my building because there is a child who is sensitive to them. I’ve asked my custodial staff to wipe down the desks more frequently, but I can’t swear it is done as I’m not there then.

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Re: Question for teachers

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I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



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I can't tell you how many things I do at work that "aren't my job."

Posted 11/8/19 7:19 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Aren’t you concerned with your own health and the health of the other students? I teach older kids but I tell my students that my classroom is our home away from home and we should take care of it like we all live there. I’d do anything to prevent getting pink eye.



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Posted 11/8/19 8:00 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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Posted by Christine2

Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Seriously?!? Chat Icon



I can't tell you how many things I do at work that "aren't my job."




Wow. I rarely comment on here, but THAT "it's not my job" comment is ridiculous. I hope my child never has a teacher who feels that way. It literally sounds like you don't a SH*T about your students. I'm a manager in the mortgage industry, it's not my job to wipe something down or pick garbage up off the floor, but I'm certainly not above it. Especially if it involves the health and welfare of myself and my co-workers, let alone Children. Wiping down a desk to help stop the spread of a highly contagious infection benefits everyone and would literally take seconds out of your week.

Posted 11/8/19 8:56 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Most jobs require you to do things that are not part of the "responsibilities" but keeping your classroom clean and sanitary for the safety of the children is your responsibility. If that means that you need to call the janitorial staff to make sure that the desks are wiped down so other children don't get sick, then that's what you have to do. But I would imagine wiping down a desk would be a lot less time consuming than having to call and make sure someone else does it.

OP - I would send the wipes in with my child and just ask them to do it. But asking the teacher to do it is by no means unreasonable.

Posted 11/8/19 9:37 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Next time my boss asks me to do something I'm going to tell him, "It's not my job." I'll let you know how that goes... Chat Icon


I also hope you are never my child's teachers. My son had a few rough weeks at before care starting this year off and I talked to his teacher A LOT. It was not "her job" since she does not work at before care, but she worked with me to make sure he got to her classroom happy. And for that, I'm eternally thankful. If she had told me it was not "her job," I can assure you the principal would have told her differently.

Posted 11/8/19 11:32 AM
 

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I teach at an all-girls high school. So yeah, I’ve wiped down some stuff off desks that definitely wasn’t part of my job description Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

So I’d have no problem with that request.

Posted 11/8/19 1:59 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Next time my boss asks me to do something I'm going to tell him, "It's not my job." I'll let you know how that goes... Chat Icon


I also hope you are never my child's teachers. My son had a few rough weeks at before care starting this year off and I talked to his teacher A LOT. It was not "her job" since she does not work at before care, but she worked with me to make sure he got to her classroom happy. And for that, I'm eternally thankful. If she had told me it was not "her job," I can assure you the principal would have told her differently.



Exactly to all of this. If I told my boss, yeah that's not my job so I'm not doing it- I probably wouldn't have a job for long.
And in terms of teachers going above and beyond, I was also very fortunate to have teachers for DD that did not have the it's not my job attitude.
In 2nd grade DD had a lot of anxiety over something for a few months and her teacher was just amazing and did a lot of things that "weren't her job". To this day my DD and I remember and appreciate that.
It's what makes the difference between an ok teacher and great one.
Attitudes like that are sadly what give teachers a bad name.

Posted 11/8/19 2:13 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by NYCGirl80

Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Next time my boss asks me to do something I'm going to tell him, "It's not my job." I'll let you know how that goes... Chat Icon


I also hope you are never my child's teachers. My son had a few rough weeks at before care starting this year off and I talked to his teacher A LOT. It was not "her job" since she does not work at before care, but she worked with me to make sure he got to her classroom happy. And for that, I'm eternally thankful. If she had told me it was not "her job," I can assure you the principal would have told her differently.



Exactly to all of this. If I told my boss, yeah that's not my job so I'm not doing it- I probably wouldn't have a job for long.
And in terms of teachers going above and beyond, I was also very fortunate to have teachers for DD that did not have the it's not my job attitude.
In 2nd grade DD had a lot of anxiety over something for a few months and her teacher was just amazing and did a lot of things that "weren't her job". To this day my DD and I remember and appreciate that.
It's what makes the difference between an ok teacher and great one.
Attitudes like that are sadly what give teachers a bad name.



EXACTLY!!!

I also think it is YOUR JOB. YOUR JOB is everything to keep my child safe and healthy while he or she is in your care. Knowingly exposing them to pink eye because it's not YOUR JOB to take 2 seconds to wipe down desks is putting their health at risk. Somehow, I bet if this poster knew someone with pink eye had touched her desk or computer or tablet, she'd happily take the time to wipe it down. Same for the kids in your care.

Ugh, I'm mad a teacher wrote that! Chat Icon

Posted 11/8/19 2:26 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by NYCGirl80
Ugh, I'm mad a teacher wrote that! Chat Icon



Me too, and also very sad. As a mom of young kids, it breaks my heart to think one of their teachers could have this attitude about something so small. If my kdgtner spills paint, imagine his teacher not helping to wipe it up because it is not her job. Or if he were to have an accident, making him sit and wait for the nurse or someone who's "job" it is to help him change or clean up? Ugh, I hope this poster does not teach elementary kids.

To the OP, I would ask, if the teacher were to say no, send in wipes with your DD, I am sure she would do a good job!

Posted 11/8/19 2:48 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by PatsBrat

Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



Oh. My. God. Chat Icon Are you serious though? I was an elementary school and not only would I honor a parents request such as this but it would be something I was doing anyway. I was always wiping surfaces down in my classroom because kids are gross, germs are everywhere and it's not only for their benefit but mine.

This is a few SECONDS out of your day, in NO WAY would this prevent you from teaching and getting things done. So silly.

"Not my job". Chat Icon Chat Icon Unreal.

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Posted 11/8/19 7:11 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

To the OP:

If the teacher has the “its not my job” attitude, ask if you can come in and do it yourself before class starts. If that’s a problem, I’d throw a fit with school officials.

Pink eye is very contagious. I would think after one student had it, that entire room would be sanitized. But I think too much of others being as clean as I am. That’s another story lol

I don’t think it’s an unreasonable request AT ALL.

Posted 11/9/19 8:55 AM
 

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Question for teachers


Totally off topic
I thought if you had a pink eye you were not allowed to go to class ?
I wasn’t sure..
Hope your child feels better soon
I had it , got it from My child and was miserable.

Posted 11/9/19 9:22 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by Mmm777


Totally off topic
I thought if you had a pink eye you were not allowed to go to class ?
I wasn’t sure..
Hope your child feels better soon
I had it , got it from My child and was miserable.



I read it as the kid is now better and the mom wants her to wipe down desk because she HAD pink eye and doesn't want her contracting it again from any germs that may remain on the desk. KWIM?

Posted 11/9/19 9:38 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

Posted by Hofstra26
it would be something I was doing anyway. I was always wiping surfaces down in my classroom because kids are gross, germs are everywhere and it's not only for their benefit but mine.

This is a few SECONDS out of your day,



Exactly this!

Posted 11/9/19 9:46 AM
 

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I agree most people take on extra responsibilities at their job, and I'm not a teacher but I can see how this is the job of the Custodian and not his/her responsibly to clean down a room every time a child was sick. It would be a nice perk and appreciative if sh/he did but it seems like they are restricted on what cleaning products can be used.

If this teacher does it for one parent where is the line drawn for all the other request? if a child has a reaction to a product he/she uses who will be the one in trouble?

I worked in a medical center and every night sprayed my office, desk, chair and door down. so when I came in the next day it was clean, free from germs. It really should have been our specialized cleaning crew.

adding: perhaps the school nurse should be the one who cleans up when a child has something catchy

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Posted 11/10/19 6:09 PM
 

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I agree most people take on extra responsibilities at their job, and I'm not a teacher but I can see how this is the job of the Custodian and not his/her responsibly to clean down a room every time a child was sick. It would be a nice perk and appreciative if sh/he did but it seems like they are restricted on what cleaning products can be used.

If this teacher does it for one parent where is the line drawn for all the other request? if a child has a reaction to a product he/she uses who will be the one in trouble?

I worked in a medical center and every night sprayed my office, desk, chair and door down. so when I came in the next day it was clean, free from germs. It really should have been our specialized cleaning crew.

adding: perhaps the school nurse should be the one who cleans up when a child has something catchy



Speaking as a former elementary school teacher, it most certainly is your job to wipe down desks and doorknobs down in order to keep things clean despite what the custodial staff does in the classroom. It's just common sense and keeps not only the kids more germ free but the teachers as well. Why on earth would you NOT do this????

I literally cannot fathom making a stink about taking 5 seconds out of your day to wipe down a kids desk. Her response sounds like a bunch of bullsh!t excuses. Even if EVERY parent asked the same, that is a whole 2-3 minutes out of your life. Honestly, once I even knew of a student having pink eye in my class I would've automatically wiped down EVERY SINGLE desk, door knob, light switch and faucets. I'd do it DAILY. Again, common sense.

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Posted 11/10/19 6:28 PM
 

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This reminded me of last year when there was that bad stomach virus outbreak. My son’s teacher had pulled one of the large garbage cans to the front of the room and told all the students if they felt sick they didn’t have to ask to use the bathroom and the garbage can was right there. Well needless to say it was used. Pretty sure this was not her job. Chat Icon but you do what you gotta do sometimes.

Posted 11/10/19 7:02 PM
 

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I’d be the first one emailing my dd teacher if she came down with something like pink eye to see if the teacher could wipe down her desk. I am the type of parent that would feel horrible if 20 other kids got sick because of my DD (as I am sure all of you would feel the same way). I’d be in a state of panic! Lol.

The teacher that says it’s not her job...wow...just wow. I can’t even.

A few weeks ago DD had gym. She had her ugg boots on and then brought her sneakers to change. She came home with her sneakers and no boots. I called the after school program and one of the teachers weren’t from room to room. No boots. My dd then tells me she left them in the gym. I thought for sure they were gone. She started crying. In a last ditch effort I posted what happened on our districts chat Facebook page to see if anyone’s kid seen her boots. The next morning I seen a message from her art teacher who seen my post, she texted the gym teacher who said the custodian put them in the lost and found. Her art teacher went to the lost and found the next morning, retrieved her boots, sent me a pic that she had them and dropped them off or DD in her class once school started! (Dd is in second grade). See....a little compassion goes a long way! (And I am sure in her contract it doesn’t mention anything about going to lost and found to retrieve students items!).

Posted 11/11/19 8:03 AM
 

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I think asking a teacher to take a few minutes out of their day to do this is not a big deal. It's for the health and well-being for the entire classroom.

Posted 11/16/19 11:24 AM
 

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I swear i Lysol my room and wipe things down every time the kids leave Chat Icon I personally don’t think it’s unreasonable and I appreciate parents who are considerate of things such as spreading illness.

Posted 11/18/19 5:56 PM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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Posted by Katareen

Posted by PatsBrat

I get it that’s it’s a one time wipe down of one desk, but if every parent asked for this whenever their child returned from an illness we’d never get to teach.



Sorry but this is ridiculous. It would take 5 SECONDS. Even if you wiped 10 desks every day, I think you’d manage to complete the curriculum.



It’s not our job. Plain and simple. Our responsibilities grow by the day. The more we do, the more we’re expected to do. It’s got to stop somewhere. Sorry if you don’t agree or understand.



you are the teacher I hope my kid never gets. There are so many things that I do that are not part of my job description, that is life.

I have friends who are teachers and most of them wipe down their desks after the school day every day if not several times a week to prevent the entire class and themselves from bouncing germs back and forth. My DD's teacher wipes down after they are dismissed and then will go and wipe down any child's desk if they are out the next day. She said she doesn't take the chance.

Posted 11/19/19 9:52 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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I swear i Lysol my room and wipe things down every time the kids leave Chat Icon I personally don’t think it’s unreasonable and I appreciate parents who are considerate of things such as spreading illness.



I LOVE teachers like you Chat Icon
If I were a teacher I would be the same way, heck, I'd probably have wipes in my pockets to wipe down things through out the day...Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 11/19/19 9:53 AM
 

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Re: Question for teachers

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Posted by Hofstra26
it would be something I was doing anyway. I was always wiping surfaces down in my classroom because kids are gross, germs are everywhere and it's not only for their benefit but mine.

This is a few SECONDS out of your day,



Exactly this!



1000% this!!! I just went as a chaperone on my DD's kindergarten trip and the amount of boogers running down the kids faces was Chat Icon Chat Icon I couldn't hand out tissues fast enough before half of them were using their arms to do it and then hugging one another...Chat Icon Chat Icon

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