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Should students be allowed to use the restroom as needed?


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CMarie April 29, 2009


I am currently a 9th grade student. I am enrolled in all honors classes. Now, shouldn't I be allowed to go to the restroom whenever I need to go? In eighth grade, I asked my reading teacher if I could go to the restroom. She said "No". I stood there and said "What do you want me to do?" She said "Alright, you can go but don't expect to get full credit!" So, I went. When I came back I raised my hand and asked "Are you really going to take off points for me going to the bathroom?" She said YES! I said "WHY?" She said "Because it is unfair to the other children". The whole class laughed! I was amazed. The next period I went to the office and told the Dean. He said he would get my points back. This is still going on. This year In each class I have two passes for every nine weeks! We have to hold it if we already used our passes. I want to know what you think about this.

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healthy11 April 29, 2009


How long is your passing period between classes? In my son's high school, they got 5 minutes, which was usually enough time to stop in the restroom unless it happened to be one of the few back-to-back classes when he had to get from one end of the school building all the way to the other. He usually carried all his morning books with him, then stopped at his locker at lunch to switch and carry his afternoon books, so he didn't stop at his locker after every class. (So he went there first thing in the morning, at lunch, and after school.)

Unfortunately, schools really do need to have some guidelines for who can be wandering through the halls during classtimes, and if everybody just got up and went whenever they felt like they needed a break, it really would be hard for a teacher to get students to focus on their lessons. If a kid has a medical reason to go to the restroom more frequently, I'm sure a doctor's note could be provided to the Dean of Students or whoever oversees the hall passes, and they would make an exception.

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TeacherParent April 29, 2009


If you a search on-line, you'll find there are organized groups of individuals out there - including parents - who believe that 'bathroom policies' in schools are inappropriate and even harmful. And I agree with that - as a teacher, I think about what my response would be if I quietly stood up to leave a faculty meeting to visit the bathroom and was told 'no' by my principal. As adults, it would be considered very inappropriate for one adult to tell another when they may or not visit the bathroom.
I think most 'bathroom policies' are embarrassing to students and even humiliating. Yes of course there are times that students claim to need the bathroom when they don't - it happens - but I still feel modern schools spend too much time and energy worrying about who really needs to go and who doesn't. Visiting the bathroom during the school day should be a basic right - if teachers don't want their classes interrupted by students' requests to use the bathroom, then certainly more passing time should be allowed between classes.

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CMarie April 30, 2009


Between classes we get 4 minutes. There are 1,200 kids in my school. Everybody can't go between classes. This school is too big. There is a policy in the Student Handbook that says we have a "presumption of innocence". We should be allowed to use the restroom as needed unless we are PROVEN to be abusing the pass. If I need to go I'm going to go a teacher, just because they are an adult, cannot tell me that I can't go. I don't have a medical reason but I don't think that I should have to explain myself to anyone that I have to go to the bathroom.

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healthy11 April 30, 2009


Is there a student government group? What about a parent's association? At my son's high school, when there are issues that affect a large number of students, it's often presented to the administration and positive changes have been made.
(For example, my son's school uses a grading system where 93-100 = A, 86-92 = B, etc. Neighboring high schools often use 90-100 =A, 80-89 = B, etc. Students said that when they were applying to colleges, they could have a 92 average, which got converted to 3.0 at their school, but would be 4.0 elsewhere. The compromise was that his school now doesn't convert to a 4.0 scale, they just report GPA as a percentage, and let the colleges determine what a 92 average is. That's helped a lot of kids get accepted into universities that otherwise might not have considered them.)
My point is, if a lot of students are upset by the bathroom policy, and can't get to their classes in 4 minutes, why not try to lobby for a 5 or 6 minute passing period instead? Have your parents also request the change. Then kids have enough time to stop in the restroom if needed, the school doesn't have to modify it's hall pass policy, and teachers don't have to deal with interruptions.

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CMarie April 30, 2009


Our school is very bad about caring about the students. They think their job is to get us to the next grade, it's really upsetting. Anyway, I think that's a great idea. Our student government is useless, but I can try to get people involved.

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Ishigreensa April 30, 2009


I know this sounds terrible. but they did this when I was in school, too.
Actually, if you left the room with permission, you lost all the day's points...
So, I peed my pants six times during the first year, but after that, I learned to wait.
I dont think it is healthy to ask kids to wait like that, but kids should also be responsible. if you really did everything you should, and you just happened to need to go during class, you shouldnt lose points in class unless you are doing it all the time, and it is becomeing a class attendance problem.
That should be discussed with your teacher, your parent, and you to understand what is going on....
If you have a medical problem, your parents need to take you to see a doctor. if you are scared to go between classes because of bullies, the principal needs to put a stop to it, and if you just have an emergency in class, the teacher should understand if you are wiggling your legs and really cannot wait!

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Blurryspider May 4, 2009


Everyone should be allowed to use the restroom when they feel the urge. It is unhealthy to "hold it". Even if the child requested to use the restroom several times they should be allowed to. I highly doubt that the teacher is that concerned with the information that the child may be missing out on.

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bellabella May 4, 2009


Yes, I agree with you that you should be able to go.
I don't think its right to do that to anyone. I told my kids if they have to go and the teacher won't let you, they have my permission to leave the class and go, and I'll deal with the school, which I did. Its not like my kid went all the time.thats crazy

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healthy11 May 5, 2009


We all have to realize that the students here are in high school, not elementary school. It's not the same situation as when they remain in the same classroom all day; high school students usually change rooms every hour, and should be able to use the bathrooms in between, if given adequate time to get to their next classes.
The original poster said she's got two extra passes for every class for every nine weeks. If a typical high school student has 7 classes, that's 14 times in about 40 actual school days to "go" at other times than during the passing periods, or about once every 3 days a student can leave during a class. Unless a student has health issues, that seems reasonable for most teens. (High school students who sit for college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, which last 3 hours or longer can't leave the room in mid-test; it's not unbearable. These aren't young kids anymore.)

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Blurryspider May 5, 2009


I'm wayyyyy past High School age, and when I've gotta go, I've gotta go. Sometimes it just hits you and I've had a couple of near misses. I have done the same as BellaBella, I've told my children to go ahead and leave and I would deal with the teacher. I don't condone a child being rude and blatantly disrespectful to anyone, but at the same time, teachers are humans as well, I remember plenty that were jerks when I was growing up. I wish that my mother had given me the same advice for I thought that the teacher's words were law...they are not. I hope that my children are able to utilize their own judgment and act appropriately. He who is in power is not always right.



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