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Air Fragrances in Pleasanton classrooms

Original post made by Ann on Jan 18, 2008

Many teachers in Pleasanton public schools use a device in the classroom that emits a chemical fragrance. If you go to the Environmental Protection Agency website, you will discover that these chemical fragrances are respiratory irritants. They may trigger headaches, asthma attacks, and irritate the nose and throat.
They are a source of indoor air pollution. They may smell nice to some people, but they are air pollutants. Their use is not advised, particularly around children.

Comments (23)

Posted by NoSmoking, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2008 at 11:32 am

The smell of deoderants in public places is as noxious as the smell of cigarette smoke!!!


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Perhaps the kids should shower and/or quit smoking.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

TEachers at Hart were told two years ago not to use their air fresheners. I am surprised that other teachers in the district did not receive the same directive, nor are they following it.


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm

The same symptoms can be attributed to colognes and perfumes.


Posted by NoSmoking, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm

In addition to deoderants, perfume, and colognes, flatuence in the classroom should be prohibited!!!


Posted by Amber, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Any fragrances in any place should be prohibited, especially bathrooms, offices, buses, trains, etc. It does trigger headaches, asthma attacks, and irritate the nose and throat.

They are a source of indoor air pollution.


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm

The existence of this thread would suggest to an outsider reading it that Pleasanton school children STINK! Mothers! Do your kids wash????!!!!!


Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 19, 2008 at 9:15 am

This is my point exactly. If fragrance in the classrooms ranks as one of Pleasanton's problems, do this: The next time you see a city worker, local government official, or community leader; shake their hand and tell them, "Thank you."


Posted by get real, a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm

you people need to get out more


Posted by With the Band, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 23, 2008 at 7:22 am

What's next....noise polution from Music In the Park??? Get a life people!!!


Posted by elementary mom, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:42 pm

According to my 4th and 5th grade sons, not all "cultures" believe in bathing. They found it extremely difficult to sit next to kids who don't bathe, and try to focus on studying! I say thank you to the teachers who are doing their best to remedy the problem. Which scent would you people rather smell for 8 hours in an enclosed area!!!


Posted by Louisa, a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 26, 2008 at 9:31 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency website has information on indoor air pollution caused by plug-in and other room fragrance devices. Not only do they cause irritation to respiratory passages, trigger asthma attacks and migraines, but when combined with ozone they form carcinogenic compounds.
Dr. John Spengler from the Harvard School of Public Health is talking about air 'fresheners' and other sources of indoor air pollution during a free teleconference called "Indoor Air and Health" that takes place on February 12, 2008. See www.ehinitiative.org for further information.


Posted by AL, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:19 pm

The problem is, the children have no choice. They just have to spend hours in whatever scent the teacher chooses. When I enter my daughters' class, the smell of the plug-in is so overwhelming, it makes me nauseous. It totally coats her, her backpack, lunchbox, etc. It is totally unnecessary as far as I am concerened. There are better ways to neutralize odor (opening windows, baking soda, fans).


Posted by pig pen, a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

Does The Environmental Protection Agency web site have any regulations on the smelly un-bathed children.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 28, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Oh my...I just don't understand that all "cultures" don't believe in bathing? Heaven forbid that "elementary mom" has two 4th and 5th grade sons that don't want to sit next to kids from other cultures. What is your secret to smelling like a rose? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

Is the only reason that you bath is because you stink?


Posted by elementary mom, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Hey cholo, defensive as usual is see. The secret to not stinking, soap mixed with water, applied and rubbed in to the skin. It destroys the festering bacteria that builds up from our pores releasing bodily fluids over and over again. It happens in all cultures. Apparently not all religions and cultures believe in or buy into the idea of a bath of soap and water. I'm not making this stuff up.


Posted by james, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Oh my...I just don't understand that all "cultures" don't believe in bathing? Heaven forbid that "elementary mom" has two 4th and 5th grade sons that don't want to sit next to kids from other cultures. What is your secret to smelling like a rose? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

Is the only reason that you bath is because you stink?
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Feeling a little defensive, are we Cholo? Like it or not, people of some cultures\backgrounds do have a distinctive odor, be it lack of bathing or certain ingredients in their food. Its OK if others don't like it and don't want to be near it- thats part of living in a free society. Its part of your culture and you are used to it- we are not.

I think the worst indoor air pollution is the verbal flatulence expelled by environmentalists desperately seeking the next great green cause.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 29, 2008 at 7:38 am

Elementary Mom,

I think your comments on bathing are misleading and somewhat racist. Bathing does nothing to stop the smell of garlic or curry or several other types of spices from coming through pores.


Posted by ., a resident of Willow West
on Jan 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

But as always you smell like a rose or so you think


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

I'm thinking of selling 30 flavors of HOT TAMALES & CRISPY PIGTAILS in green sauce along some cool street in Pleasanton IN THE NEAR FUTURE. Any suggestions for a few SPECIAL flavors? Cholo will introduce NEW 'N NIFTY smells to Pleasanton which will drive all teens crazy! And, I mean YUMMY!!!

As for elementary mom, Willow West resident and james: should they be wrapped in paper or corn husks? My dream is a nice size silver bus with lots of bright lights thaT blink, lots 'n lots of bright ribbons and pinatas for sale!!!!!

All of my friends on the PW forums will be invited to the GRAND OPENING...NOT THE MEAN OR SILLY ONES!

I WILL HOLD A WEEKLY SNIFF SNIFF CONTEST. ANYBODY WITH THE WRONG SMELL WILL BE WRITTEN UP...

james = importunate romantic oaf...





Posted by elementary mom, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:27 am

Cholo, I think you need a nice bath with some soapy hot water. Sounds like your a little stinky.

Serioulsy though, I do understand the pollutants that can be caused from things such as "plug in" deoderizers. These too can be trigger problems for some kids.

Teachers these days have to be so "politically correct" in what they can say to parents. Maybe the cleanliness "bathing" issue needs to be put into the district dress code.

I drove on every field trip for both kids. There is a difference between children who eat spiced food and children who don't bathe regularly (maybe once a week). Let's leave out the details. Give a little credit here.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

You seem like some lost soul with no point to her life but plug in stuff...catch my drift elementary mom?

Have you considered setting up a lemonade stand downtown where people can come by and sniff you out? All those delicious nooks and crannies could be sniffed out by residents of P-Town ONLY! They would have to pay two bits a sniff! Then they could announce publicly what spices they smell all over your body. If nobody picks up any spicy whiff, you are indeed the Rose of Pleasanton! Hooray!!!

All funds could be donated to your local animal shelter...the mayor's hawk sanctuary!!! Is it a deal?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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