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Old 07-14-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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In reading all of these great classroom decorating ideas, a thought occured to me. Do any of you have limits on how much you can decorate your rooms or walls? I ask cuz my state has a 20% rule from the fire department. Only 20% of each wall can have anything on it. This is quite a challenge!

Anyone else? How do you deal with the limits?

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We have no limits on what just on how. We have to use stick tack which doesn't always work on the cinder block.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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My principal does not like an overstimulated room. We have to be careful of what we put up there and how much of it. We also can't cover up a certain percentage by fire marshall law. But Im so short that hanging things up is usually not a problem!
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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We are supposed to have a limit...not sure what it even is...20 percent maybe? But no one follows it. There are classrooms in our building that look like rainforests with vines, pretend waterfalls, etc.... People do what they want and no one says anything.
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Our fire marshal has set limits on wall decorations, but our principal is the opposite of webjunkie's - our princ wants those hall and classroom walls covered with as much artwork and classwork as possible, fire marshal be damned!


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our regs
Old 07-14-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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Our local fire ordinances dictate:
-nothing hung on walls closer than two feet from ceiling
-no more than 1/3 of your classroom door may be covered
-no plastic on walls- meaning no shower curtains, vinyl tablecloth material, etc.- laminated stuff is allowed
-nothing on walls within a foot of light switch, outlet, ethernet jack, etc.

As for dealing with it, since I know every teacher in the area has to abide by the same regs, I just go with the feeling of "we're all in this together."

Have fun with the challenge if it all!
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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Our limit is 20% too
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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My room has a lot of stuff in it, and I figured the fire marshall would have my head when he came for inspection. All he mentioned was that I had two boxes too close to the ceiling in my closet, and my fire evacuation route wasn't posted close enough to my door . . . it was a foot from the door, by the way.

I have a good 75 percent of my walls covered . . . and I have curtains, rugs, fabric bulletin boards, tablecloths, and shower curtains. None of that was mentioned.

We call the Fire Marshall "The Grinch" because he came in one year and took all the lights off our Christmas tree.
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No limits...
Old 07-14-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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by fire marshal. Our limits are architectural. I have a small room to begin with. On one wall are 3 windows, about 3 ft. wide and about 6 ft. tall, and the air conditioning vents. On the opposite wall are a 6 ft. wide x 6 1/2 ft. tall storage cabinet, a 4 ft. marker board and a 6 ft. Smartboard, and the door. Then there's the cubbie wall--nothing but open cubbbies and storage shelves above. The final wall is all bulletin board. Our math program takes up about 12 ft of it. Needless to say, I really don't decorate the walls. We do display in the hallway--it's basically a blank canvas.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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No limits, we hang things from the ceilings, walls, can have lamps, cushions...whatever we want!


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Old 07-14-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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Our province abides by the 20% rule as well. Coats and bookbags hung in the hallway take up all the 20% so we cannot have any art work taped on our halls! I am hoping to get some murals painted this year to liven things up a bit, it seems so drab!

The classrooms are limited to 20% as well, and the walls do not have as much as I would like, but safety is the biggest concern. (My school burned to the ground last year, 2 weeks into Sept. so I know what its like to teach from nothing for a year! Luckily no one hurt, it was from a break in in the wee hours of the night)
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Decorations
Old 07-14-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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I just came back from working in my classroom. Our building supervisor left a letter for all the teachers. In the letter, she mentioned that we should be careful not to over-decorate. She said research says that kids need some places that are not decorated so their eyes can rest. Our fire inspector from the fire department has never mentioned anything about decorating.

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Thanks to all who answered! Guess I'm not the only one with restrictions. Take care!
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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We have a 50% limit from the fire department. But we never have surprise inspections. So I'm sure you can figure out how we deal with it.
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