We're definitely in new territory here, with Joy's ongoing rocky kindergarten transition.
Joy is still bringing the unhappy to school (not all-day every-day by any means, but plenty), and the incidents in which she's doing so with her teeth are starting to pile up.
I'm impressed at how her staff are able to greet her (and me) with a smile, after some of the bite encounters they've been having...
Fortunately the problem-solving is in full swing, with a district consultant who comes highly recommended. Most of the initial thoughts so far are behavioral, which is surely along the right track. But one of the expert insights on the physical side that hadn't even occurred to me was this:
Kevlar sleeves for Joy's staff!
I'd no idea this product existed, but I guess it makes sense. The market is primarily for industrial safety. Or, as a reviewer on Amazon said, it's great for getting into the rose bushes and berry canes. Might have to get a pair for myself to do double-duty with gardening and safety -- I got a bite on my hand this morning that would have been mitigated with the sleeves. And maybe folks would just assume that I'm treating a bad case of carpal tunnel or something.
Unfortunately, this doesn't address another prime biting target, as my own experience can attest. Next item we need in Kevlar is something like this: