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Teacher sends home note about dirty, stinky children

Buffalo is a high-poverty urban community, so it's understandable that Buffalo teachers may sometimes struggle with children who are going to school wearing dirty clothes and smelling bad. Such conditions might ordinarily prompt a call to a school social worker and direct contact with a child's parents.

But a pre-kindergarten teacher at BUILD Academy, came up with her own novel approach last week. She sent home with every classroom student a copy of a handwritten "URGENT NOTICE!" saying that several of the 3- and 4-year-old children in her class were dirty, stinky and "difficult for me to be close to them or even want to touch them. Enough said."

She then required both the parents and their pre-kindergartners to sign the letter and send it back to school showing that they read it. Needless to say, outraged parents contacted the District Parent Coordinating Council, which is bringing the matter to the district and board's attention.

We agree with the teacher that having unclean children in class could represent a health and safety problem. But the fact that she thought it wise to send such an inappropriate letter to all her parents and children makes us wonder if this teacher doesn't possess a common sense problem.

Here's the letter below.

-- Sandra Tan

  Cleanliness letter

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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