Extra ClothesRegister Today!
- by mmmiller Apr 6, '12I keep a stack of extra clothes in my office for students that have bathroom accidents. I tell the students to bring the pants back to me the next day, but I rarely get anything back.
I'm almost out of pants for the second time this year. Over winter break, we bought about 30 new pairs of pants in all sizes and four months later I only have 4 pairs left (and they will only fit the very small kids).
We've talked to students and parents, called and sent notes home. Parents either have no idea their kid borrowed pants, have no idea where the pants are, or promise they will send them the next day (which rarely happens). I started writing our school's initials on the tags of all the pants, but it wears off when washed...
Any ideas on how to get pants back?! I'm beginning to get desperate!
- Apr 6, '12 by caliotter3Bug the parents until they return them. On notes, let them know you will be happy to accept a donation to replace the pants you sent home. Or, get out of the clothing business altogether and start sending the kids home for a change of clothing, that would get the attention of the parents.
- Apr 6, '12 by StaragateI would write it off as a loss. A lot of parents are indifferent to things the school GAVE them (loaned really). The school system I worked for had a clothing drive and distributed donations among all the schools in the district. You can do a school-wide announcement that you are taking used clothing as donations. These kids outgrow stuff all the time. Anything unsuitable, donate to Goodwill. If you are still short, you can always appeal to the local charities. There's no reason the school should spend money on this.The money needs to go to supplies.
- Apr 6, '12 by mc3I enclose a note asking the clothes be returned so another student could "borrow" when needed. I get the clothes back probably 1 or 2 times out of 5. I don't really mind if it's an occasional accident for the small kids - it happens. For the frequent "accidents" I call the parents and ask them to bring in a set of clothes to keep in class. I had one child who purposely wet his pants so he could get out of class and come to the clinic for new clothers. Keeping a spare set in the class took care of that novelty! The teachers will send the older kids (4th and 5th graders) for clothes if they spill something on them - even water! I'm in FL so it's always warm here. In these cases, I hand the kid some paper towels and say "blot away"! If the older ones spill milk or juice, I hand them wet paper towels and tell them "blot away". Of course, if it's something really gross or sticky, they can borrow something. It got so bad that some would come up for a silly reason - spilled water on nylon shorts so they could get out of class - it had to stop. I swear, a few complained because they didn't like the style of what I had.....we had a talk about the clinic not being a mall! (mean nurse, I know). Try asking the PTA President to put out a call to the PTA. I've also sent a schoolwide e-mail for staff/teachers asking if they had any extras and were willing to donate, it would be appreciated.
- Apr 6, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNIs there any way you can charge for these? Rather than sending a reminder note, send a bill from the school stating that unless the clothes are returned or the parents pay the amount of ($10, or whatever you paid for the pants) their child will not be able to attend any after school activities. My school used to send notes like this if we had missing books or the school was due any money.
Is the principal on board with this initiative? Could you get clothes for the students worked into the budget and then have the school charge for the unreturned clothes? Sounds like a good way to emphasize that you aren't giving away free clothing.
I'd be annoyed too. You're trying to do a good service and even the parents are not appreciating it. Sending the kids home might get their attention, but be more of a reward for the kids, who might start having "accidents" on purpose to get out of school.
Does your school have a washer/dryer? Another option is to loan the clothes for the school day, but don't give the soiled clothes back to the child. Wash them during the day (or wash in the sink and then throw in the dryer). The child has to return to office at the end of the day to change back into their own clothes. If they don't come back, you hold on to their clothes until they return with the borrowed pants.
- Apr 6, '12 by sharpeimomi'm not a school nurse, but some things the school district does here seem to work fairly well.
the school district has boxes inside the grocery stores and hugemart with signs to drop off your kids' outgrown clothing to be
used as "spares" within the area schools. area churches have also volunteered to host boxes too. anything unusuable donations
are either tossed or torn into craft or quilting squares and donated.
from about july on, until school starts again, the newspaper runs articles asking people/parents to bring in old clothing that's been
outgrown or to buy school supplies for poorer kids,along with a pair of pants, a top, a package of undies, socks, etc. to be kept in the nurse's office. both are very successful. every time we grocery shop or hit hugemart all year, we toss in notebooks, pens, etc.,
pants, undies, and take them in a few times a year.
our early education building has two washers and two dryers. they have k-4, k-5, 1st grades, and headstart. lots of goofs!
something that gets rid of "potty" smells is the pet resolve carpet and spot cleaner. there's regular and pet resolve. you'd want
the pump bottle instead of the spray. it also comes in refill form. if needed, follow up with a blast of fabreeze spray.
- Apr 6, '12 by Flarewhen i was working in the all k school i had a process for lending clothing - soiled clothing were put in a plastic grocery bag with a note stapled through the handles to wash and return asap. ususally got clothing back pretty quickly. Towards the end of the year when the clothing inventroy was either depleted or just ratty looking, i would send out a note to parents to please consider donating some of their children's out grown clothing for next year's children. i usually got an okay response
- Apr 7, '12 by JudithL_in_NHI recently asked my principal if we could enact a policy next year for Pre-K through grade 2 to have a change of clothes in their backpacks.
The use of my clothes closet has gotten out of hand and I'm lucky if things are returned even 20% of the time. I'd rather put the onus on the families, with my closet as back up, and, if nothing fits or appeals to the child, then parents can be called to bring something in. I often have kids refuse my clothing selections as not pretty enough or not nice enough!
- Apr 7, '12 by mustlovepoodlesI think the business with extra clothes is pretty universal with school nurses. Here's what I do: Twice a year I buy about $50 worth of panties and underpants. On two occasions i was given a Visa gift card to buy extra school pants and shirts. I took it to the local thrift store where I was able to buy about 5 times the amount of clothing I could have gotten from a department store. From time to time I put out the word to staff that we need more small pants or big boy shirts and our staff rustles up clothes that their own kids have outgrown.
I really don't get upset when the clothes don't come back. I tell the kids to keep the undies and return the pants/shirts. But realistically, our parents are so impoverished I don't blame them for keeping the clothes. We have several students who have only one set of uniforms. They wear them 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year. I can't begrudge them keeping a pair of long pants I picked up at the thrift store.
- Apr 8, '12 by gonzo1I would be buying the clothes from the thrift shop.