On Fri, 3 Jan 1997, Patricia Munce wrote:
> Dear Mark,
> You must not teach in California. We have inservices usually every year on
> the correct method to deal with blood in the classroom. Yes. Rubber
> gloves are given out to each teacher along with bandades. We have special
> plastic containers for contaminated exacto blades. All blades are to be
> thrown out if they have cut anyone. Also, we use diluted bleach to wash up
> blood in the room. Cleaning up after a bloody nose is not fun. This is a
> real concern for us in the day of AIDS and the other blood transfered
> diseases. I have had 3 students who have died from AIDES in the last 10
> years. One was a student at our high school just before he died.
> Any student with an open wound does not work in Ceramics till it is healed up.
> Its a different world .
> >Dear Mark,
> > Thank you for the great idea about tin weather flashing for metal
> >work and sculpture. I have always had the kids save their soft drink cans
> >from lunch. The aluminum can be scored easily with a ball point pen and
> >cut with ordinary scissors to open up the cylinder to a flat sheet. I have
> >used this medium in studying African masks, Pop sculpture, David Smith and
> >Louise Nevelson. The source is pleantiful at Central Junior High where I
> >teach and I am always looking for new ways to use the cans. I had one boy
> >make a 12" high dragon with a large and elegant wingspan just using soda
> >Sprite cans and a hot glue gun. Jewelry would be a great idea too.
> > When doing anything which might cut the hands, I get a box of
> >bandaids from the nurse and some anticeptic soap and show the kids where
> >they are. For minor cuts they just wash them up and put a bandage on
> >themselves and go on working. We don't make a big deal of it. Goes with
> >the territory.
> > Thanks again for the great idea.
> >Have a great New Year,