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Posted on October 14, 2019 4:38 pm
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uqaTaq
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Student Smells Bad
There is a student in my internship who always shows up dirty and smelling bad. His smell can be a distraction to other students in the class. My CT has heard from other school staff that the student's family is very low-income, and this has been a repeated issue in the past. What can or should we do to address the issue?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 15, 2019 1:16 am

Myria Coure
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I would keep toiletries in my desk or closet for any student because sometimes situations arise that is out of the students hands. I would give the student the items to use discreetly so no other student notices. I would talk to the child privately and let them know you are there for them if they want to talk. You could reach out to the guidance counselor also and express your concerns. Maybe there is assistance the family could qualify for and they don't know it.
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Danielle Brown
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I agree with this solution. This is exactly what I would do in this situation.
  Posted on: October 20, 2019 7:48 pm

uNubeL
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I agree with this solution
  Posted on: October 20, 2019 11:24 pm

VySePu
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I would have to say that i also agree with this solution
  Posted on: February 18, 2020 4:16 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 21, 2020 12:03 am

yJyLep
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The student probably does not have access to toiletries because they are low-income. Keeping some basic toiletries like deodorant and toothbrushes in the classroom will help students who do not have access to these items. Teach the class as a whole about hygiene and if the issue continues, pull the student to the side to explain that they are free to use the toiletries in the class and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It is also important to keep in mind that some cultures do not use deodorant like Americans do.
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Solution 3
Posted February 19, 2020 7:12 pm

TOliver
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In order to not publicly embarrass the student I would first suggest to my CT that we seek advise from the schools's guidance counselor. Set up a meeting with the parents and discuss what is happening in the classroom which is now becoming a distraction from learning. Inform the parents if there is no running water at home the student could use the gym showers to shower before school begins. Bring in wall plugs if allowed, and ignore the smell. When the teacher models this behavior their students will follow and soon will be forgotten. Many of our students will come from different backgrounds, it is not their fault their family's may be unable to afford utilities. It is our job to prevent offensive behaviors before they escalate.
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Solution 4
Posted February 19, 2020 11:13 pm

Brittany
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We as teachers never want to embarrass our students, so I would bring this student to the side and ask them privately if they would like to take home some deodorant, hair brush, toothbrush, and maybe just a little to go bag of toiletries. I have had personal experience of contacting a parent because the student would tell me he was uncomfortable and wanted to shower, and the parent was okay with it, and he was able to shower at our school, and we gave him all new clothes, even shoes. I would contact the parent or just ask if they would want something.
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yperyH
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I like this post because it involved the parents and allows to solve the solution outside of the classroom away from students
  Posted on: July 1, 2020 9:26 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 20, 2019 11:57 pm

ByteNy
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I would keep all things that the students need nearby such as deodorant, fresh spay, etc. Then when appropriate and reasonable I would have a discussion with the student on the fact they smell. It might just be a thing that they just don’t know and need someone to tell and remind them.
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Solution 6
Posted February 23, 2020 8:58 pm

Alyssa Moore
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I had a student in the classroom that I was interning at. The teachers had no support from the parents, so they would have the student use the shower facilities before school. Some schools have washer/dryers also. This school did, so they would wash the student's uniforms so she would have a fresh set for the next school week. If your school doesn't have these resources, you could always ask a guest speaker to come and visit the classroom to talk about hygiene.
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Solution 7
Posted February 23, 2020 11:45 pm

Samantha Mayhew
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I would always have personal hygiene items for students to take if they don't have any at home. A former teacher of mine had a great idea of having spray deodorant (not the roll on kind) available in the bathroom for students to use if they felt they needed it. This way students could use it privately and without being judged by the other students. I don't remember the name of the teacher but it is a good idea.
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Solution 8
Posted March 2, 2020 9:43 pm

qyryTe
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I would talk to the student privately and maybe have certain toiletries on hand to offer them.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2020 10:07 pm

XuBety
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contact home
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Solution 10
Posted February 17, 2020 6:03 pm

Desiree Boyd
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I would bring a pair of clean clothes and toiletries that fit the needs of the student. Some schools may have washer and dryers that will allow the teachers to use to clean student's clothing or rags.
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