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Old 02-04-2020, 03:33 PM
 
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Who has a mini refrigerator in your classroom? If not how do you keep your lunch cold? Some of us at our school does but we were told today that they must go. Reason: they use to much electricity!!


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Old 02-04-2020, 03:39 PM
 
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I had that happen at a school I taught at. At least 1 of the teachers were able to hide her mini frig. I sold mine to the building engineer for him to use. I just bought a lunch bag from LL Bean. My lunch partners also used lunch bags. There were refrigerators in the Teachers' Lounge.
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Old 02-04-2020, 04:08 PM
 
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Iíve always had a fridge and microwave in my room. My new district doesnít allow either so I just put my lunch in the teacherís lounge.
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Iíve never had a mini fridge. I just add an ice pack each day to my lunch pail.
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Old 02-04-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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I added a bottle of frozen water to my cooler bag. I left it out and drank it later. It worked great.


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Old 02-04-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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I have one currently, but I havenít always had one. I just use an ice pack in my lunchbox when I donít have one.
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Old 02-04-2020, 05:59 PM
 
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Some teachers have them at school but I do not. I have always just put a cold pack in my insulated lunch bag. But we do have fridges in our teacher lounges so many teachers put them there. I'm just too busy...or lazy...to walk up a flight of stairs just for that!
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Old 02-04-2020, 06:32 PM
 
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PackIt freezable lunch bags: https://packit.com/collections/lunch-bags
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I have a mini fridge in my room. Quite a few teachers in my school have one.

I did hold my breath when the fire marshal walked through my room last week and paused when he saw it. But, he gave me the thumbs up when he saw the power strip it!
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Old 02-05-2020, 04:55 AM
 
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We all have them. Mine is as full as the one at home. I load it up on Monday's, then I don't have to worry about lunch each day.


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Thereís two refrigerators in our teacherís lounge. We only had one but when the maintenance guy issued a similar edict, they got a second one from somewhere. Everyoneís lunches sit in there without a problem.

A few people have snuck them back in, but no one seems to really notice, as theyíre hidden away/out of sight. They have to be plugged directly into the wall to pass life/safety, but thatís it.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:43 AM
 
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Our fire marshall won't let us have one either.

My pet peeve? People who bring these huge insulated lunch bags and then put it in the fridge. What is the insulated bag for? We have one refrigerator and I often have trouble getting my little container of leftovers in the fridge. If you have an insulated bag, put it on your desk or on the counter. Leave the fridge for non-insulated stuff.

Second pet peeve? People who use a frozen entree and take it from freezer to microwave. We hve 2 microwaves and 20 people to get through them. You spend 10-15 minutes cooking something? Take it out of the freezer (or don't put it in there) and leave it on the counter. It will unthaw enough that you can cook it in half the time and it WILL BE OKAY.

I bought a little crockpot heater thing and now have been using that. I just put it on when I get there and things are toasty by lunch. I am loving it!
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:18 AM
 
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Several teachers had them, and a few even had microwaves. Word came down from on high that we had to get rid of them because they were too expensive. There was an uproar and most teachers complied for a few months, then went right back to using them.

I just had a big insulated lunch box and used small blue ice blocks to keep things cold.
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:12 PM
 
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Our fire marshal allows them as long as you comply with x, y and z also.

I do but before I got mine I put my lunch in the fridge in lounge-but it can be very crowded and I have had things disappear and I have had containers get knocked over and spilled leaving me with no lunch. I prefer my little fridge for as long as I can get away with it.
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:34 PM
 
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We are not allowed to have any electrical appliances in our rooms. We have two refrigerators in our teachersí room and we put our lunch bags in them.
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:44 PM
 
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The teacher I share a room with claimed the district had to allow them for breast feeding mothers. Due to that she said they overlooked anyone with one.

I usually put mine in the lounge anyway or just leave it near my desk in an insulated bag. Half the time I don't have anything in there that has to be kept cold, it just tastes better that way.

The thing that bugs me with the staff fridge is we only have one and some people leave stuff in there. Also, some teachers allow kids to bring drinks for classroom snacks or puddings/etc. and fill up the staff fridge with them. Or we have a potluck and for 2 weeks after there are leftovers hogging all the room. I've come in early and still not had room for my bag.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:03 PM
 
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My mini fridge died over winter break, and Iíve been dying without it. My office is far from both workrooms. I bought a new one, but have been driving around with it for 2 weeks cause I need help bringing it in. I do share it with 5 ppl (the two ladies in my office, and two in the office across the hall). I have a microwave too.
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