Wetting accidents

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    I work in an Elementary and have an occasional student pee in his/her pants. We assist in hygiene, change to clean clothes, and send a note home to parents informing of incidence and to ask to return the borrowed clothes. Unless its a frequent flyer, we do not call the parents. Do you feel we should call the parent instead of sending a note since its not a medical emergency or issue that needs immediate attention?
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    i tend to go through my supply of "lender" clothing rather quickly. And getting it back is like pulling teeth. So my take on it is once my supply is gone, it's gone. I'll make a call and the parent can come with a costume change. the little ones (pk and k) are supposed to have a costume change in their cubbies so often they are prepared.
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    I have a very limited number and size of pants for students to "borrow" - they usually end up never bringing them back. So I always attempt to call home first for someone to bring in spare clothes. That way I either speak to someone right then or leave a voicemail for later.

    Frequent wetters, especially those that have spare clothes sent in ahead of time, just get a note sent home.
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    I don't work with that age group currently, but when I subbed and worked with the younger ones, we called home for a change of clothes. (The kindergarten classrooms had their own restrooms to try and prevent accidents before they happened.)

    Now working with middle school and high school kids, we have a supply of school uniforms for many reasons, but I use 'em for the middle school girls when that first time of the month hits and they don't notice until its too late. The kids are pretty good at returning the borrowed stuff back to our stash. I do call home for those kids, but it usually after the kid is back in class to give mom/guardian a head's up .
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    Gosh, we don't even deal with those where I work. "Accidents" are not medical, so they are not brought to the nurse.
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    Quote from NurseKitKat
    Gosh, we don't even deal with those where I work. "Accidents" are not medical, so they are not brought to the nurse.
    Oh, how I wish I could enforce that! But the "nurse" around here is also the eyeglass fixer, the muddy clothes cleaner, the shoelace replacer, etc, etc....
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    I always call home when there is a bathroom accident to let he parent know. If I have extra clothes I will let the child use them and when I call home I always ask for them to be washed and returned. I get about 50% back. If I don't have clothes I will ask the parents to bring them in. If it happens more than I ask the parent to bring in an extra set of clothes for me to keep in my office for any future needs.
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    This doesn't typically come to the nurse at my schools, but the secretaries always try calling home first and then give some loner clothes if no one can come. So, they're kind of like "emergency" supplies. I'm not sure if they actually get them back, but I'm going to guess not.

    I had one teacher even tie a bag around the student because they couldn't reach the parents and they were having a class party.
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    Quote from Cackalacky
    I had one teacher even tie a bag around the student because they couldn't reach the parents and they were having a class party.
    I've had to do that for two students so far -- wetting accidents right before or during dismissal, no time to call home and no spare clothes that fit, so they get a "fasionable new skirt!" to wear on the bus home. Just cut the bottom off a big trash bag and tie it up.
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    Quote from fetch
    Oh, how I wish I could enforce that! But the "nurse" around here is also the eyeglass fixer, the muddy clothes cleaner, the shoelace replacer, etc, etc....
    So true! I'm also the dress code enforcer and apparently a hair stylist if they come to school with their hair in their eyes or spiked up in a mini-mohawk. Our AP tries to send them to me but I tell them I have nothing to do with that.


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