From: Samuella B. Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Estimating Teaching Lab Occupancy
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:26:20 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Also, Dr. Finster's final sentence is key: K-12 students (especially grades 6-10) sometimes use excruciatingly poor judgement in laboratory situations, even with all the safety training a schedule will allow. Add to that fact that from a school administrator point of view, science needs are far too often considered to be equivalent to math, social studies, or English needs ??books, some manipulatives. The person doing the scheduling is rarely if ever a science person.

Consider this also, a new trend also appearing in secondary education is "in-room lunch period". It had something to do with space (I think), but don't actually remember, because I was so taken aback. I don't know if this is just something in NC, or it this is trending countrywide. I visited a school last spring where they were under the impressing that this was going to be the protocol in their new facility. The thought being that students 'would eat at desks and get no where near lab tables". All in all sounded like a very bad idea to me and I voiced my concerns to the principle and vice principle who were attending the talk I was giving on chemical organization and storage.

Along the lines of the statement above that science needs are equivalent to other subjects and in room lunches should be just fine.


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Samuella B. Sigmann, MS, NRCC-CHO

Senior Lecturer/Safety Committee Chair/Director of Stockroom

A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry

Appalachian State University

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Boone, NC 28608

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