Tissue issue keeping students’ noses stuffed


Gioia Mavar, Madison Keich, and Paris Palcisco

Sniffling. Sneezing. The constant blowing of noses. It’s flu season and these are the noises filling classrooms all across America during this time of the year. 

A staple in these classrooms: tissues. But now, a growing issue facing teachers and students at Canfield High School is the lack of tissues. 

Since November, there has been a clear tissue issue affecting just about everyone due to the fact that the main office ran out of tissues just three months into the school year. 

The Cardinal went to the administration, the teachers, and students to find out where all the tissues are going and why the school isn’t ordering more. 

The first stop was CHS’s guidance office where we were immediately directed to the school nurse, Mrs. Beck, who is quite newer this year, and came in just around the same time this crisis started.

Beck claimed that the amount of tissue cases the school orders is solely based on the number of students coming in and out of the nurse’s office, per year. Not the amount of students in the school, which is what most expected. The number of tissues the school uses each day is expected to hold over the around 30 kids that flow through her office, per day, not the almost 850 students that attend school every day. That’s how and why we’re running out of our year supply so quickly.

According to Assistant Principal Mr. Shields, the number of cases, which include 20 boxes of tissues, is also based upon and budgeted for the number of cases ordered the previous year. This year, the school ordered the normal 10-12 cases, as of the previous year, but had to make a second order already around late fall, early winter. That puts us to around 16 cases thus far, only a little over halfway into the year. It is possible for them to continuously order more, as the supply runs low but there is only so much money set aside in the budget for tissues and we will eventually run out. You might be wondering, what happens if and when the school runs out?

To find that out, we went to the teachers of Canfield High School and asked them what strategies they may take to resolve the tissue shortage.

Mrs. Stoffer, CHS math teacher, felt free to voice her opinion on the subject. She spoke about how it angered her that the school doesn’t plan or budget for more tissues as it is a simple necessity boys and girls our age need, such as toilet paper, water fountains, soap in the bathrooms.

She claimed that the teachers do not get paid enough to be responsible for worrying about buying tissues to sustain their classrooms, as well. As the money is better spent elsewhere for other supplies the school doesn’t provide: colored pencils, colored paper, dry erase markers and even rulers. 

Most importantly, we had to get the perspective from those this issue affects the most: the students. After a survey was taken by over 200 students, results showed that 63% of students were personally inconvenienced by the obvious lack of tissues. Many claimed this is due to the cold weather, and effects of the ongoing flu season.

One student, Olivia Knight, struggled for a couple weeks, seeking tissues, whilst suffering a common cold, she eventually just brought in her own box and carried around with her to each class.

“I felt even more sick because I couldn’t blow my nose,” Knight said. She claimed that she’s even been sent to the office multiple times by teachers, in search of tissues, but has been consistently sent back empty handed. 

On a brighter note, the upcoming year, thankfully due to the abundance of tissues being ordered this year, the budget will be increased and improved to fit the growing needs of the staff and students here at Canfield High School.