Got a bee in my bonnet tonight. I just received one of those automated calls from the school district. Seeing as I am an informed parent I almost always know what the call will be regarding when I see the caller id. But tonight I had no idea.

Would you believe it was the school district giving tips on how to avoid getting swine flu? SERIOUSLY? Let me guess, the same way you avoid getting any form of influenza? Or other virus for that matter.
But here's the kicker, you'll love this... My oldest daughter informed me at dinner, before the phone ever rang, that none of the girls bathrooms on the 2nd floor of her school have soap... ever. Have you been in an elementary school lately? Taken a passing glance at the handrails on the stairs? I tell my kids not to touch them, I'd rather they fall than pick up whatever germs are lurking on that thing!
I've got an idea, maybe they should have the automated voice guy go fill the soap dispensers I think that would go much further in the prevention of the spread of swine flu than that damned phone call.

Rant over... I feel much better now. Thanks for "listening".


That is just insane...not the call but the lack of soap. I know I have spent many hours in the elementary school and I always avoided the bathrooms. My youngest holds it all day till she gets home. I suppose we should get out the antibactierial squirter again....scary times.

April 27, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

I have resorted to marinating in Purell.

That and I am yanking my child out of school and ordering all my groceries online and hosing them down with Lysol before they ever enter my house.

That should do it.

I'm tired of being sick...

April 27, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

Wow, that really should win a prize for most useless "prevention effort."

April 27, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

The call system is insane--they use it waaay tooo much. Plus, we get emails. Argh.

April 28, 2009 at 12:26 AM  

LOL on Ticker's comment about marinating in Purell

April 28, 2009 at 3:10 AM  

no soap???ewwww!

April 28, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

A commendable rant, if I say so myself.

April 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

We do it differently here: Don't ask, don't tell. I don't know which is worse.

You are right to rant. It kills me that they have no soap on hand because common sense is king and I've been preaching to my kids the whole washing hands thing because it's what doctors recommend.

(I was on an immunosuppressant for over a year, and my doctor talked endlessly about soap and water.)

April 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

I'd be making a call to the principal about the no soap. We get those automated calls, too. Got one about swine flu, got one about head lice, got one about the school carnival, got one letting me know it was the day to pick up cookie dough orders (and I have a WHOLE other rant about cookie dough sales), got one to remind us about FCAT... we get them ALL. THE. TIME.

And I hate them.

April 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM  

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