Cleaning Supplies and School Supplies: Both Required

clorox-disinfecting-wipes-suppliesAs school budgets shrink, parents are being asked to pick up the slack by stocking the janitorial closets. In addition to the usual supplies, first graders in Moody, Alabama, were asked to pack Clorox wipes, garbage bags, tissues and paper towels for the first day of class. At Pauoa Elementary in Honolulu, each student must bring a four-pack of toilet paper. McClendon Elementary in Nevada, Texas, asked pre-kindergartners to bring in a package of cotton balls, two containers of facial tissues, paper sandwich bags and manila construction paper.

“Some of the things that have been historically provided by schools, we’re not able to provide at this point,” said Barbara A. Chester, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

While parents cringe at the additions to the annual school-supply list, retailers are finding a sliver lining to the proposition. Many stores are tailoring their back-to-school sections to include the new demand for cleaning supplies. Walgreens is running a “back-to-school” discount on Kleenex, and OfficeMax is shelving Clorox wipes in its school supply aisles.

Via The New York Times.

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6 Responses to “Cleaning Supplies and School Supplies: Both Required”

  1. Sarah says:

    That’s just crazy. Janitorial supplies, especially if bought online, are not that expensive!

  2. David Bergman says:

    Schools should really appreciate janitorial supply stores that provide a plethora of cleaning supplies. Not only are all the products schools need in one place, but they are also high quality and very affordable. I think this can definitely help solve the budgetary issues many schools are currently facing.

  3. Dean says:

    What I can say is that every government should look into the budget allocation when it comes to education. I believe every government should prioritize education. Cutting down the budget would definitely mean a sacrifice in the quality of education that every students may get.

  4. Mike says:

    All we ever hear is about how underpaid teachers are but everytime I turn around the teacher unions are threatening to go on strike or shut down schools for “the sake of our childrens education” but what do the kids get out of this? Nothing is the usual answer, just the “honor” of being educated by these folks and higher tax bills and now… parents footing an ever increasing bill for our childrens education. And dont you even dare to consider home schooling your kids! What does a parent possibly know about teaching a child,… just everything, thats all. I guess I should just shut up and open my wallet again!

  5. Brandi says:

    When I was in elementary school, some 20 years ago at this point, Kleenexes were always on the school supply list. And not that my family was, but this was at a fairly well-to-do school district not facing any budget issues at all. So the concept isn’t entirely new. For the families that can afford these few additional items to help with the supplies, I think they should. If not, the teachers end-up shouldering the financial burden and let’s face it, they’re excruciatingly underpaid. Unfortunately our taxes don’t cover 100% of the educational costs as they should, and I think it’s a responsibility of the parents/community to pitch in to help fund their child’s education… even if it is a few trashbags and Clorox wipes to help keep the place clean.

  6. nancyb says:

    In every avenue possible, local governments are looking for ways to add revenues with additional “fees,” as property taxes dwindle, and I suppose this is an additional way to defray costs.

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