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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 Yesterday 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 3
Posted Yesterday 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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Solution 4
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 5
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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