So, when I heard about a high school limiting students’ bathroom breaks, it made me mad. If a kid has to pee, let him!
Evergreen Park High School in Chicago has made headlines for trying to curb excessive bathroom use by penalizing students for taking more than three trips to the bathroom per semester. (Regardless of other obligations, they have to stay after school to make up work)
Parents are up in arms! They say they’re concerned about the possible health risks. One mom is convinced her daughter is going to get a urinary tract infection if her bathroom usage is limited.
Evergreen’s Principal Bill Sanderson told NBC Chicago that the new policy is to prevent students from using restroom visits as an excuse to miss class, and ensure that students who may miss valuable class time during a bathroom break have a built-in provision to make up the work. He also said the five-minute passing periods between the school’s four 83-minute classes per day provide an ample opportunity for students “holding it” during class to use the bathroom.
My kids also have five minutes between class and the same complaint as students at this Chicago school — that the bathrooms are crowded between classes and there’s a real risk of being late to class. They also have complained that some teachers won’t let them out of class to use the bathroom.
You’ve got to love the quote this parent told the TV news: “This principal — let him find out he’s got diarrhea, and he’s only told that he can go to the bathroom three times a semester and we’ll see how this policy holds up with him,” said parent Bea Bailey.
While there are slackers who definitely abuse bathroom visits, most kids do anything to avoid using the bathrooms at school. I once got a ticket for driving like a speed demon to the nearby drugstore after school so my son could dart into the bathroom. Even worse, my kids say that some of the high school bathrooms don’t have soap — SO GROSS!
Anyway, these Chicago parents think the principal should trust the teacher to know when a student genuinely needs to go or when they use a bathroom visit as an excuse to get out of class.
Sure, some slackers will retreat to the bathroom. Even if us “old people” have forgotten what high school is like, we’re not that out of it. In every TV show or movie about the high school years, the bathroom is where the “mean girl” and “bad boy” stuff goes down. I doubt that will ever change.
But penalizing kids for bathroom use? I think high schools have much more to worry about that their students’ peeing too often.
Readers, do you think this is the most ridiculous policy you’ve ever heard of or do you think it has validity?