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Our school is "fragrance-free", because several of the staff members (including myself) have allergies and sensitivies to scents. It's on our website, our FB page, posted at the office, and is sent out in newsletters, as well.
I had a student (4th grade) come to school last Friday wearing a strong cologne. I told him out the policy, and that strong scents give me headaches and make it hard for me to breathe.
He came back to school yesterday again wearing cologne. When I talked to him, he said his mom said he could wear it, and people who say scents bother them are making it up.
Meanwhile, I spent the day wheezing and managing a migraine.


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This happened to me several years ago. I talked to the student. She did it again a few days later. I wrote her up and sent her and her scent out. Principal talked to her and said it's disrespectful and dangerous to me. Told never to do it again. Of course snowflake did. Principal suspended her. She never did it again!
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The next time you address this student about the wearing cologne explain that the rule is to benefit ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF. This student isn't about making just your life better but protects all of the people in the school. It's not a choice.

Can you send the written policy home with the student and ask the principal to sign it also sign to emphasize administration support?

It sounds like this won't be the first battle you'll have with this thoughtless family. I really hope your P stands up for you and you don't have to spend the year wheezing and teaching with a migraine.
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Is the 'fragrance free policy' written up in a student handbook? If so, I would send a copy of that page with the information highlighted. If that doesn't work, I would send him to the office.
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The more important question...
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Will your principal back you up? I certainly hope so.


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P is on board.
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The policy is everywhere. It's not a new thing, and this student has been in the school for 5 years.
My P offered to talk to the mom (who is a bit on the crazy side) because she already has a relationship with her.
He's not wearing it today, though. Hopefully he sticks to the rules.
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Not at my school,
Old 08-27-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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but my friend worked at a school that had the fragrance free policy and it ended up in a huge mess. It was a special ed room. Mom claimed that her child needed essential oils on his body, reapplied through the day, in order for him to be able to be calm and learn. School explained how it set off other students who had reactions to strong scents. Mom would not give in because her child had his rights to what he needed and other children's rights could not replace them.
It was a year long battle.
No one wins these.
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That really makes a difference!
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What an awesome principal!! Mine would have sided with the kid! We teachers mean nothing to her. I could have a freaking heart attack in class and she would say I upset the kids. Sorry bitter and mad and it is only the second day. Gonna be a great year!
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Old 08-28-2019, 02:50 AM
 
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I would mention the policy in my news letter. If it happens again, I would talk with the parent.

Scent sensitivities can be considered a disability under ADA. People with scent allergies have certain rights.

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The court ruled that an allergy to scents can be a disability under ADAAA, the most recent amendment to ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I also want to add that more and more schools are setting policies on the use of essential oils in the classroom where the school nurse has to administer them. According to definition, they are considered a medication.


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does a 4th grader need cologne?!
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