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Posted on July 8, 2019 6:56 am
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SyWaLu
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Dirty Backpack
Today I was helping a struggling student find a pencil inside her backpack and uncovered a 4 month old opened yogurt. This makes me feel like her parents do not regularly check on her school work or cleanliness.
How should I approach this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 7, 2019 4:34 pm

eLutan
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Something that you could to would be to send a letter or an email home talking about what you found in her backpack. I would just let them know that maybe they should check her backpack everyday after school because you send important things home
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Solution 2
Posted October 9, 2019 11:23 am

ePyguj
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You may be correct in your thinking. Maybe make it a weekly thing in your classroom to clear out backpacks of old papers, food wrappers, especially 4 month old yogurt, and other trash. It will teach your students to stay organized and hopefully make it a habit.
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Solution 3
Posted October 8, 2019 1:05 am

Dawn Palaio
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When I was in 5th grade my teachers helped me organize my backpack and desk. My parents regularly checked, but I would mess it up on my own. They would come up to me with respect and ask if I needed help. Or just fix it for me. I would just ask the student if they need any help, or write a kind note home.
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pagyDa
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I agree!
  Posted on: October 10, 2019 1:33 pm

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Solution 4
Posted October 12, 2019 3:38 pm

emetub
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I would maybe bring it to the parents attention like others have said and I would also do what they said about cleaning out their desks and backpacks throughout the school year. You don't have to make a big deal about it just say that you would like to keep things neat and clean.
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Solution 5
Posted Yesterday 3:34 am

Myria Coure
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I know several families who do not pack or unpack their childs backpack. They ask them for their folders so they can sign them and check their homework. Then they expect the child the get their own backpack ready. They are trying to teach self help skills. I appreciate those parents a lot actually. Because we have a lot of students who act like they cannot do anything for themselves. I would not jump to conclusions. Reach out to the parent and make them aware so they can talk to their child. I would also mention to the child how that could have made them sick.
However, if the parent seems to be uninvolved or intrested in the childs life or education, then I would observe and document incidents. It is easy to tell the active parents from the inactive ones.
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