School's Bathroom Rules for Kids Are Worse Than in Prison

school bathroomControlling a classroom of 20 to 30 elementary school students is no easy feat. Teachers set rules, guidelines, and limits on what the children can do in order to maintain a good learning environment. But a story of a school that is limiting kids to using the bathroom only twice a year shows us how some school rules can cause kids more harm than good.

Parents of fourth grade students at Loma Portal Elementary School are complaining that their children only receive two bathroom passes per year. Turns out, kids are using up their two passes quickly and then are not allowed to use the bathroom. Instead, if they need to use the bathroom, they have to take a detention or be excluded from activities.

That means if they have an emergency and absolutely need to use the restroom, they're punished with a lunch detention. To make matters even worse, some parents are reporting that the children have had to go to their doctors to address their bladder issues.

School is a place where kids spend eight hours per day. Sure, they may have passing periods and breaks during which they can use the restroom, but giving them two emergency passes for a whole year is beyond unrealistic. Accidents and emergencies happen all the time. Why should they have to give up their lunch just so they can use a restroom during class time?

Granted, schools and teachers' classrooms are places of structure. There needs to be rules in place in order to keep to form and manage a group of students. But it also shouldn't be a place where kids get tortured or punished for simply needing to go. Let's be real, even prisoners get toilet privileges.

Sitting through eight hours of class with a full bladder is a cruel form of torture. Just let these kids go pee already, wouldya.

What do you think of the school rule?


 

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smjon... smjones85

Not only is it bad for their bladder, but what about their focus. Have you ever tried to focus on someting when your bladder was ready to explode? Not happening! Not to mention the kids who have medical reasons why they have to use the bathroom a lot. Diabetes is a big one that makes you pee all the time. Some 4th grade girls are old enough to have their periods, what about a girl whose pad needs to be changed? In elementary school kids do not switch classes like they do in high school. Stupid, controlling, and cruel to the kids.

nonmember avatar Spear

These articles are ridiculous. As a veteran teacher, I allowed my students to use the restroom anytime we were doing work as well as before and after class and during recess and lunch. The only time I didn't let them go was when I was teaching a lesson....actually up front speaking. It's too disruptive for children to move around when a teacher is teaching! The students need to learn to control and monitor themselves. I never told a student they couldn't use the restroom of they asked but I wasn't happy if they chose my lesson to do it when there were other opportunities. I'm sure the school mentioned above offers plenty of chances for restroom breaks throughout the day.

nonmember avatar YUP

Disgusting and unnecessary. It is very bad for the kidneys to hold in urine and even worse for holding in a number 2. How focused will kids be when they are holding themselves together trying not to "go?" I recall a girl peeing herself in class and it was still talked about senior year! Brutal

nonmember avatar Jena

My 10 yr old (soon to be 11) just started her period. I send in a note to the teacher that she is having "female issues" that week. She never has a problem if she needs to use the restroom.

nonmember avatar phishmomy81

This is no way to treat children. how's this for an idea? The douche bags that put this policy in place can have their "bathroom privileges" revoked and they can wear depends all day.

nonmember avatar anoyn

People who work in public education are the only employees who can turn out an inferior product and call it a day....or blame bathroom use. Sorry if I have to sh$t during your lecture from the runs I got due to the wonderful, 'healthy' lunches. If my children are denied using a restroom at any time I will sue the whole d$mn district. Do your job and educate not CONTROL.

Samal... Samalama319

Seriously? Younger kids I understand, but by fourth grade you should take opportunities when they are given. Kids are not forced to sit through eight straight hours of class. At least when I was in elementary school (I'm only 21) we had a lunch break, we had music day, library day, gym day, we had an afternoon recess, and typically during these times we were given the opportunity to use the bathroom in passing between ordinary class and our respective day class (music, gym, etc). Unless they've changed these in the last 12 years I doubt these kids don't have plenty of opportunity to use the bathroom without disrupting class time.

nonmember avatar concerned

I have 2 kids in Jr high they only get 4 min to switch classes how are the supposed to pee our crap and make it to class it really pissed me off . Ex specially when my daughter has bladder issues

nonmember avatar concerned

I have 2 kids in Jr high they only get 4 min to switch classes how are the supposed to pee our crap and make it to class it really pissed me off . Ex specially when my daughter has bladder issues

sparr... sparrowdawn

They may have passing periods to get from one class to the next, but they are never long enough. Schools are going to cause serious health issues for kids if they keep doing stuff like this.

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