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Lesson Plans


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Tue, 1 Sep 1998 21:48:35 EDT

I have a severe latex allergy and have been reading the plaster info too. I
use the plastic mask forms from the catalog mentioned earlier when I teach
mask making. In addition to latex I also react strongly to
formaldehyde...thus, I have problems with paper, glues, rubber bands,
balloons, erasers, boxes, etc... Several of my fellow art teachers have
recommended I switch careers, but I can't give up, I enjoy the kids and
teaching art too much. When I was teaching HS, I had my students do a lot of
things for themselves. Now, at elementary level I still have students pass
out papers, rubber bands, erasers, etc... I use cotton gloves when I can,
vinyl for messier stuff. I also use a creme called Kerodex on my hands twice
a day to help with all of the hand washing. It's labeled "a nongreasy,
invisible barrier cream; water repellent for wet work". It stops your skin
from breaking down so much...the dermitologist told me about's not
prescription, but you usually have to order it. Only about $6 a 4 oz. tube.
Lasts a month or so.
Also, beware of students who may be latex sensitive. You don't want someone
going into shock due to an art project, be sure to ask or read up on your
confidential health concerns listing from the school nurse so you'll know. I
have to carry around an epipen, just in case I have a problem.