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Re: “Educating with style

When a teacher is in an art room, it is necessary to dress for safety as well as style. It makes sense that teachers dress the part as a matter of professionalism and to help reinforce the notion of respect. Obviously the gym teacher and studio teachers have different dress needs from a math teacher. Studio art teachers have a most physical job. Their responsibilities include any day to be aable to lift heavy boxes, buckets of glazes and clay, climb ladders, stand on chairs, bend over tall kilns, crawl on floor, scrub sinks and mop floors. These teachers are expected to be able to work any day with a variety of tools. Hand tools would include hammers,pliers, screw drivers, files, snips and knives. The power tools these teachers use may include, dremels, drills, saws, and polishing wheels. Therefore art teachers should dress in a manner that would allow for the safety of the teacher to lessen the chance of injury while on the job. They must wear material that is durable, stain resistant and protective of the skin. Dressed for safety means that consideration for not only chemicals that will be encountered on a daily basis but also must evaluate the appropriateness of the personal protective equipment that could be used such as goggles, masks and aprons. OSHA standard for basic safety dress is to wear denim or heavy cotton pants because these materials are best suited for shedding sparks, flying shards of metal, chips of wood, polishing compounds, ceramic dust and glazes. Good judgment and common sense has to be used. Clothing should be compatible with a professional and safety conscious work environment. It will be modest and conservative in style. These teachers need to dress in a manner that is professional and distinguishable from attire of students. NO blue jeans. No t-shirt with logos. No high heels. Capri length pants, khakis, colored denim jeans, and sneakers are acceptable.

Posted by Brownie on 10/05/2008 at 12:16 AM

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