Originally Posted by bigeyes
I'm confused about something. When my ds was in preschool, being potty trained was a requirement, and since the children are
potty trained, is there a reason they can't go to the bathroom when they need to
during class? Are they expected to sit there the entire time until their parents arrive, or is there a time in the middle of the session where everyone goes as a group and waits their turn at the bathroom? Neither one seems to make a lot of sense to me.
I remember my earliest classroom experiences, and there was always
a bathroom attached to the classroom in pre-k to at least 1st or 2nd grade. Only the older children had to actually leave the classroom to go to the bathrooms. Is this place just not designed well, or what?
I think a lot of this depends on the specific school. As far as I can tell from having read the entire thread, we do NOT know the answers to these questions about the OPs school, other than the fact that the bathroom is down the hall.
For my kid's preschool, the bathrooms were off the central hallway. Not ideal, but the building was originally designed for (and is still used as) a church's meeting rooms. So, the post-potty trained kids used the restroom on a schedule, with each class having specific times throughout the day for restroom trips. Between group trips a child could certainly request a restroom trip and one of the classroom teachers would stand in the doorway of the classroom to watch both classroom kids and bathroom child -- the second teacher would continue to teach the class. This was necessary as the hallway was open (not in an enclosed building, very typical of So. CA schools) so a child could easily leave the classroom and keep walking, ending up at the street without being noticed. These times were generally right ast they came in from the playground at 9 (before circle time), about 10:30 or so (varied by class), just before lunch (12, when 1/2 day children left), before nap (about 1), and after nap (about 3). The toddler room mostly had children in diapers, so they were changed in the room. The young 3's room where active potty training was taking place had the only classroom with an attached bathroom. Around here for preschools that were not originally built to be preschools, this is a common arrangement.
But again, there is no way to tell if any of this would apply to the OPs school.