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|highly doubt they're not allowed to pee for 6-7 hours.|
|I tell my dd that same thing my dad told me "If you need to use the bathroom and the teacher wont let you go, walk out of the room and go anyway and when they call me I will go talk to them. But you better really have had to go". There is NO excuse for not allowing a child to use the bathroom.|
|I have never been to a school where the bathroom policy was so rigid as to when you could go, especially in elementary school.|
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
At the office I'm allowed to go to the bathroom whenever I have the need, how is the school method preparing the children for their future in this manner?
|And there have been days at work when I've not felt well that I'm certain I would have maxxed out my "passes" or sticks or whatever for a few weeks in that one day!|
Well, I think there does have to be a balance and this analogy really doesn't hold. First, you don't need supervision when you are away from your desk -- you aren't likely to wander away from school, find something interesting to investigate and get into things you shouldn't, and you probably don't use the bathroom as a break from math (as an example) or as an interesting place to play. All of which some kids will do. Yes, children should be able to go to the bathroom when necessary, but they also need to be kept safe and that means the teacher needs to know where they are.
|And if their bathroom needs seem excessive there needs to be some way to make it more interesting/worth their while to be in class rather than playing in the restroom. Some teachers/schools are better at figuring out how to do that than others.|
|Well, I hope that if your child is having, um, bathroom issues, you don't send him to school. We push ourselves to go to work on days when we shouldn't, but a child who is having digestive issues really should be kept at home for everyone's sake.|
|Here's my bathroom policy (I teach 2nd grade) - students are given 2 bathroom sticks (popscicle sticks with their numbers on them) on Mondays. If they have both bathroom sticks on Friday, they get two raffle tickets. If they have one, they get one raffle ticket. If they have none, no raffle tickets. We have a raffle drawing at our school once a week for little things like pencils. The kids LOVE raffle tickets!|
|But, definitley write a note to the teacher, because I would certainly give special priviliges to someone who had bladder problems|
|Ever think that if you have to stop students from going to the bathroom constantly, there's a problem with the teaching?
Think about it...sitting on a toilet is more interesting than what you're providing the child. Bottom line: Become more interesting to the student than the toilet.
You should have your mom write a note to the teacher telling her to let her daughter use the bathroom whenever she needs to. I thought it was illegal to keep students after school in California? I just know that in my district, we can't even keep students in at recess for any reason.
Here's my bathroom policy (I teach 2nd grade) - students are given 2 bathroom sticks (popscicle sticks with their numbers on them) on Mondays. If they have both bathroom sticks on Friday, they get two raffle tickets. If they have one, they get one raffle ticket. If they have none, no raffle tickets. We have a raffle drawing at our school once a week for little things like pencils. The kids LOVE raffle tickets!
I also give pretend money for things like returning homework, remembering to return forms, sharing, etc. They're supposed to save their money for a big store that all of 2nd grade will have at the end of the year with old toys that the families donate throughout the year. If students use up both bathroom sticks, they then give me a penny whenever they want to use the bathroom during class time. (The pretend money also teaches them how to count money, a second grade standard!)
I also put 5 marbles in the marble jar if no one in the class has to use the bathroom within 20 minutes after recess. When the jar fills up, they get a marble party. I also remind them right before recess to get water and use the bathroom.
Anyway, these things work for my classroom. There are those students that do abuse bathroom privileges. I teach in an open pod school, and the students like to roam around and look at what the other classrooms are doing. But, definitley write a note to the teacher, because I would certainly give special priviliges to someone who had bladder problems.
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