I know you all know my pain! I get way too many students in my office for stupid stuff (loose teeth, bug bites, invisible injuries, etc) and so far I've come up with a letter for loose teeth. There are so many reasons to not send healthy kids to the nurse's office for no reason. It is really helpful to have the administration on board with keeping kids in class to promote learning time. BTW, I haven't seen a kid in my office for a loose tooth since. Next I will tackle bug bites (Really? Stop scratching!) and the kid who comes into the office 15 minutes before the end of school with a 2 week old abrasion that happened at home and you can't even see anymore. Come on teachers, get a grip!
Dear Teachers and Staff,
I have had several students come to the nurse's office since school started with loose teeth. I cannot do anything about loose teeth and it is a natural process that happens approximately 20 times in every child's young life. Students are missing valuable learning time to come to the nurse's office (often accompanied by another student who is also losing valuable learning time) to tell me about a loose tooth. Play-time, lunch, exercise, music and art are also valuable to student's learning. And most importantly, student's who visit the nurse's office are exposed to viruses and bacteria that cause illness.
Unless they are bleeding from the mouth, please do not send students to the nurse's office with loose teeth. I am happy to provide teachers with containers for lost teeth for those happy moments when the teeth actually do fall out.