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Posted on February 18, 2013 10:56 pm
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maWyZu
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Student doesn't brush hair and wears clothes that is dirty, too small, or both
This particular student attends a school where all the students wear uniforms. Well there is a particular student who is in fifth grade and comes to school looking some interesting ways. There have been times where her hair would be so knotty in the back and look so disgusting that the school wouldnít allow her in any plays or performances because of her appearance. She informed us as well as other teachers that her hair looks the way it does because she canít find the hair brush because the house is a mess and because when she does, she canít reach the back of her head. There is also times when she comes to school in uniform skirts that are so short and small that Iím afraid she is going to show other students certain areas that would definitely be inappropriate. This seems to be common with her skirts as well as the dresses that she wears. The school cannot really give her different clothes because technically she is in uniform and they are only allowed to give the children additional clothing when they are out of the dress code. Also there are times when her clothes look like they havenít been washed in weeks and so does the student. I believe that DCF should be called, but my supervisor said that all we can really do is just do a lesson on hygiene. Also the mother works for DCF which seems to make the entire situation slightly more difficult. Should DCF be called and how can this be done when the mother works for DCF.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 22, 2013 1:00 pm

GaTuWy
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Has the parent been made aware of the aituation? Has she been contacted that the uniforms are inappropriate? If not, I feel that this should be the first step before contacting DCF and she if she corrects the situation. After that has been tried if you still feel that the child is being neglected in any way that it is your responsibility to report the issue and let the correct authorities then determine if the case is of valid concern and then they will take the necessary steps. Being that her mother works for DCF it may make the siituation more difficult, but ultimately your loyalty lies with the child and you must do what is appropriate to ensure she is safe and well cared for.
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Jenna Herberson
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I agree, talk to the parents, having communication is an important factor.
  Posted on: February 25, 2018 6:12 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2013 9:53 pm

TaHazy
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Should DCF be called . .

I realize there is a chain of command in these things and your supervisor is there to help you. That said, if you feel there is a serious issue of neglect or abuse, you are the only one who can make that call. You are honor bound by the code of ethics and should not let others steer you from what you think is necessary to call. If you think there may be, report it through the proper channels and allow them to handle it. If it is not neglect or abuse, they will investigate and decide. If the mother works for DCF, she will still be investigated like everyone else. Worse, she will likely be put on some form of suspension or administrative leave while she is investigated by out of office personnel, so don't let that sway your decision in the slightest.

Before I did this though, I would have a meeting with the parent and explain some of the issues the child is having and that it is effecting her at school. The parent may be able to help the situation, or may be having serious issues themselves. The family may have fallen into hard times and need assistance. This also gives her the opportunity to fix the problem before it gets to that level. If she does work for DCF, she will understand the severity and hopefully try to amend the situation.

Also, If her skirts are in fact so short that they are a cause of concern, I would cite that as her being out of dress code and get her a new skirt.
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erugyn
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I completely agree with this solution.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 7:38 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 2, 2013 2:33 pm

emaLeP
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I would go above your supervisor if you feel strongly that the child is being neglected at home. As far as helping the student you could keep a hairbrush for the student in the class or in the clinic for the student to use. Also when the uniforms are too short they are out of dress code. Then you would follow the school's dress code policy.
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Solution 4
Posted April 18, 2013 7:16 pm

ZeNyJe
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I would definitely make the call to DCF especially if the s rudest stated that the house messy. This could potentially be a dangerous situation for the student if not reported. The call can be made anonymous so the mother will not know who called and it does not matter if she works for DCF, of she is violating the law then it must be addressed.
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Solution 5
Posted April 18, 2013 7:33 pm

resabu
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I would right away call DCF and report the situation. By law if a teacher suspects any type of abuse they have to report it no matter what to be investigated. I would report it because you could be helping that student out as well as avoiding losing your job.
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Solution 6
Posted October 18, 2014 6:21 pm

SaDeTe
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I would recommend reporting the situation. Student's who are not giving proper hygiene at home are being mistreated. If other students are noticing and commenting, it is causing a disruption at school as well. A talk about hygiene is also a good idea.
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Solution 7
Posted February 18, 2015 5:04 am

uheZeg
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Assuming that the mother has been notified, I think the school social worker should be involved. It may simply be a situation where mom is busy, with work or other children. This does not excuse the behavior but may not require DCF. Perhaps the social worker can set up time before class starts to meet with the child and brush her hair. There are thrift stores and donation centers that can assist in providing clothes that fit. This is a situation where the school should not be saying "technically she is in uniform". The school has a responsibility to the child and should do whatever it takes to help her.
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Solution 8
Posted February 22, 2015 2:26 am

eqeTys
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If you believe that this is a case of neglect, then, as a mandated reporter, you have to report it to child services. Whether the parent works for DCF or not shouldn't matter. As for what you can do in your classroom, you could keep a hairbrush and a few extra skirts and/or short shorts (to keep her from showing anything) around for occasions where she may need it. If she and her clothes aren't clean for weeks, though, it definitely sounds like neglect, even if the mother doesn't intend to be doing so.
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Solution 9
Posted March 15, 2015 3:21 am

yTenyV
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I would definitely call the mother or the "in case of emergency" contact person. I also have a "community drawer" of hygiene products in my classroom (deodorant, pads, hand sanitizer, bandaids, etc.) You could buy her a brush to keep in the classroom and hand it to her when she comes into class in the morning.
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Solution 10
Posted October 13, 2015 12:26 am

Xyraju
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Teachers can come together to anonymously "adopt a child" and provide her with clothes and extra hair care products. DCF should also anonymously be called, and a home visit needs to be done ASAP
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Solution 11
Posted October 13, 2016 8:26 pm

Jillian Rintrona
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have the parent been contacted and made aware of whats happening?
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