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To buy sanpro and leave them in the classroom

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HighwayDragon1 Sun 07-Feb-16 18:10:07

I buy pads (just tesco value ones) and leave them in my classroom, in case any of them are caught short, I buy about one pack a month. The girls know where they are if they need them.

DP thinks it's weird, that the parents should buy them and it's not my responsibility. Now its not, but sometimes you just come on and school must be the worst place for it to happen.

It's not weird is it? How would you feel if your daughters teacher gave her a pad? Is it a line I've crossed? I'm questioning it now.

This is secondary school.

LIZS Sun 07-Feb-16 18:11:04

If you don't have a school nurse or office which offers them on request it seems very sensible.

VimFuego101 Sun 07-Feb-16 18:11:31

No, I think it's a good idea.

NorksAreMessy Sun 07-Feb-16 18:11:46

You are a kind person. I would have no problem with this at all and be grateful that someone was caring for my DD

ivykaty44 Sun 07-Feb-16 18:11:57

It's not a line crossed it called looking out for each other and knowing that feeling of doom.

Your dp has never had the feeling if doom and so wouldn't have a flipping clue

monkeysox Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:02

That's lovely of you flowers

Curioushorse Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:44

Eh? What is your role? I think it's a bit weird for a classroom teacher to be doing this, to be honest. There has been a system in place for this everywhere I've worked.

spanieleyes Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:44

I provide them in primary too, there must be nothing worse than being "caught short" and some girls are incredibly shy about asking parents to buy them, the fact that there are some "just there" makes it easier somehow.

Eastpoint Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:44

I think it is a really kind thing to do. Can they go to the nurse & get them from her? Or is there a machine in the girls' loos? If there are either of those options then I can see what your husband means but a pack doesn't cost much and presumably you can afford it.

I have two teenage daughters and had erratic periods as a teen & would be touched by your thoughtfulness.

bigTillyMint Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:47

It is a great idea and very kind of you. Many girls might be embarrassed to have to make a special trip to a nurse/whoever to get one in an emergency.

StitchesInTime Sun 07-Feb-16 18:12:48

It sounds like a very sensible idea.

ivykaty44 Sun 07-Feb-16 18:13:06

I leave them in my bathroom in a basket on display, discreetly so if anyone visiting needs them they are available

Narp Sun 07-Feb-16 18:13:34

We have pads at (Primary) school for this purpose. In this case they are in a cupboard accessible to KS2.

It's not weird; it's considerate. You'd give a child a plaster if they needed one, why not a pad?

LemonRedwood Sun 07-Feb-16 18:13:34

I teach year 6 and I do this too. We do have some in the medical room but they are the size of bricks - I wouldn't want to use them!

DoesAnyoneReadTheseThings Sun 07-Feb-16 18:13:43

Sounds like a lovely thing to do and I would appreciate it. Your DH obviously hasn't experienced unexpectedly getting his period somewhere like school, work and having no pads or tampons so he can't really have a valid opinion.

Terribleknitter Sun 07-Feb-16 18:13:43

As a teen I would come on with a bang and did occasionally get caught short - the deputy head had a drawer in her office that we could go to whenever we had to and get what we needed. It was a huge relief to know we wouldn't have to fight with tissues or messy underwear for the whole day!
I think you're doing something kind and practical for the girls and I'm sure they're grateful for the times they need the pads.

supermariossister Sun 07-Feb-16 18:14:02

I think it's kind, I got caught out at school and was mortified ended up wearing a jacket tied round my waist all day and praying for the end of the day.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 07-Feb-16 18:14:20

My (male) mentor did this for me, because my parents didn't feel it was a worthy cost. I used toilet roll, and when I bled through once, he started buying pads and leaving them in the room so I could go and get them.

At the end of school, when we were reminiscing about people/things, about 40% of the year were getting sanpro from different teachers - varying reasons, usually either embarrassment at asking parents or parents not being able to afford it.

I think it's lovely. I'm very grateful to my mentor.

(I went to an all girls school, too, incase it's relevant).

Guitargirl Sun 07-Feb-16 18:14:21

I don't think it's weird at all. I suppose depending on how discrete the supplies are a girl in the class may get teased? How do you communicate to the girls in the class where the supplies are kept?

ThomasRichard Sun 07-Feb-16 18:15:13

That's very kind of you. I have a DD and would be grateful that she had such a discreet, caring teacher.

pippistrelle Sun 07-Feb-16 18:15:33

How would you feel if your daughters teacher gave her a pad?

Grateful. I would also think what a wonderful, thoughtful teacher. Much less traumatic than having to go and ask at the school office/student services/wherever. Of course it's not your responsibility but I think it's warm, human and humane of you to do it.

Funclesmuck Sun 07-Feb-16 18:15:55

That's really lovely of you. We were a dysfunctional family when I was growing up, and many times I was left with out pads because my parents had spent out or my mother simply didn't see it as important for a 14year old to have sanpro hmm it would have literally meant the world to me if I knew I could get a pad now and again from my teacher flowers for you and your kindness.

GreatFuckability Sun 07-Feb-16 18:16:41

I wish teachers like you had existed in my school days, there'd have been less incidents of stuffing toilet roll in my underwear until i could find the cash to buy myself some!

HighwayDragon1 Sun 07-Feb-16 18:16:44

No machines in the girls loos or medical room that I know of. They're left on the shelf by my desk.

mygrandchildrenrock Sun 07-Feb-16 18:19:34

I think it is very kind and thoughtful of you.

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