Possibility of cross contamination in the classrooms?

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Just curious if there are any middle school teachers in this group. I haven’t been diagnosed but a few months and am wondering how you handle the possibility of cross contamination in your classrooms? I teach middle school and am preparing for the new school year. The thought struck me that when students come back from breakfast or lunch and touch papers that I will be grading, I could experience some cross-contamination if they don’t wash their hands after lunch. Have you ever experienced this? I don’t know if I will have time to have them wash their hands after lunch before they reenter my room and think that having baby wipes might get expensive to use each day. Any thought or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Sharon 3 years 0 Answers 389 views 0

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  1. Maybe some germ-x when they first walk in. That can be something for everyone who enters your classroom. I’m a teacher also and I’m getting worried with school starting soon, too.

  2. I’m in college to be a middle school agriculture teacher and I currently work at a middle school doing after school care until I graduate. You could tell them all to keep hand sanitizer in their backpacks or have them wash their hands in the hall bathroom after lunch. You should also clean your hands after touching their stuff. Good luck this school year 🙂

  3. I would get s big bottle of antibacterial gel at the door as they walk in and just teach them to do that up,on entering the room and keep your classroom a snack free place

  4. I’m a kindergarten teacher and I’m a month into having celiac. Also a month into the new year. I am constantly opening snacks and lunch packages and just wash my hands as often as I can. I don’t bring my own food to lunch to eat with them and I try to wipe surfaces as much as possible. Kids are constantly touching me and my belongings so it’s unrealistic to consider it a free zone. Also unrealistic to say no food in your room. That could be a 504 violation to a type 1 diabetic. Not fair to them to alienate them when they need food for a low! Good luck!

  5. So, I have read today on several sites that using germ-x is not effective in getting rid of gluten residue. So, I don’t want to depend on that as an option. I am really worried that I will be very sickly this year. Even if I hand them baby wipes at the door, some students sneak and eat in the cubbies in their tables. I suppose I will just really be on guard about washing my own hands more this year.

  6. I am not a teacher– however i am confused about how touching gluten will affect you? I am sure outside of the classroom so many things are contaminated. I would just make sure to wash your hands often and not accidentally put them in or around your mouth

  7. I teach junior high and have Celiac and for the past 15 years haven’t had any issues with this.

  8. Doesn’t touching or breathing gluten depend on your sensitivity? I work for a pretzel company and literally have flour around me all day. I’m only gluten sensitive so luckily the flour dust on papers doesn’t effect me. I just wash my hands before I eat and clean my desk daily. I can’t image kids snacks and hands would give much cross contamination.

  9. Just be sure to wash YOUR hands really well and frequently … and don’t touch your face. If you have a contact reaction to trace amounts (unlikely) invest in sift cotton gloves to wear while grading. (former middle/highschool teacher here).

  10. Public bathroom soaps may contain gluten. I know a few times after washing in public bathrooms my hands started to crack. So if the bathroom soaps at your school contain gluten, you may be getting sick that way. I carry dial hand soap. I no longer trust anything 🙁

  11. You are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You have the right to reasonable accommodation. Having every student properly wash and rinse before and after eating is good hygiene. There are so many ways to get glutened by having all those gluten covered hands. And any break in the skin allows it direct access.

  12. I had students paper mache 4 years ago. What a stupid mistake lol. Last year they had a pizza party. Another bad day…. just smelling it makes me sick

  13. I’m a teacher and I think it would be unfair to expect my pupils to do this. Washing hands with antibacterial liquid so often will make their hands sore. The onus should be on yourself to wash your own hands more regularly. Personally I think this is OTT.

  14. Teaching them to be respectful of others who have disabilities is part of a good education. Perhaps your students will grow up to NOT harass those with food issues. And ask all manner of rude questions. And expect that the person with an auto immune disease spend every social event talking about nothing but health issues. They will at least learn to be more respectful of others.

  15. Just don’t eat their homework! No but really, the amount of CC that would occur from a kid eating a sandwich and then touching their paper, then you touching their paper to grade while say, munching on some chips…. basically non existent. But if you’re really that concerned, don’t put your fingers near your mouth when you grade, and wash them before you eat.

  16. I’m a middle school counselor and a teacher before. This has been a non-issue. I always wash my hands before eating… especially in a school, because Celiac or not…. ewwww….

  17. Thank you all for the advice. It has relieved my fears of cross contamination. I am constantly washing my hands at school and will just keep that habit up. I still plan to teach my students a little about celiac this year to help them be more aware. I always have great kids in my classes who care about me and are always helpful so I imagine I will have some that will be that way too this year.

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