3 potty breaks a week

United States
February 8, 2012 7:45pm CST
They mentioned this on tv and I had to go see for myself. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Brooklyn-Elementary-School-Teacher-Bathroom-Rule-Coney-Island-137660763.html Knowing how little time my kids have to eat, have recess, library, let alone comtimplate going to the potty.... this really urks me. Would you like someone telling you even as an adult you can't go to the bathroom? IMO isn't this a human right just like eating/meal break? You can't always help when your bladder is full. What's your take?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
9 Feb 12
That should be illegal! Actually, if someone sues them, they may very well find it IS!
2 people like this
• United States
9 Feb 12
I think it is. I don't know that one can restrict the use of the restroom. If it's being abused there needs to be a better way. As I mentioned previously my kids are allowed very little time to eat, recess, snack time and they have to go potty during lunch they already spend a portion of their lunch time in line and barely finish the food they get and then are supposed to fit a trip to the bathroom in?
@peavey (16856)
• United States
9 Feb 12
That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. It's a lazy way out for the teacher, so she won't have to pay attention to the children and whether they're abusing the right to use the restroom. If she had any good sense as a teacher she would know and be able to curtail any abuse. Apparently she's not able to do that. I would be very upset if I had children in that school.
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• United States
9 Feb 12
Indeed! The child should be allowed to use the bathroom a few times a day. I know how little time my kids have for lunch about 20 minutes and that includes standing in line to get their food and using the bathroom. That's not much time at all. I get a 15 minute break at my work (if I work 6hrs or less) that's barely time to go to the bathroom relax a bit and eat a snack (as I'd have no way to cook a frozen meal or something) or sandwich. Though it doesn't bother me as I'm paid for my break so I can't complain, BUT kids can't sit still that long w/o needing to get some time outside or use the potty. And you are right any teacher who has taught long enough will know how to monitor for abuse. But IMO it is your right to go to the bathroom if you have to. And I'm sure it takes time for a child to be able to hold their fluids in for several waking hours even at that age.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
9 Feb 12
Yes... maybe someone should sue her for physical abuse? That's what it amounts to, really. I wonder at some people...
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• United States
10 Feb 12
I could totally see someone suing on those grounds.
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
9 Feb 12
I have had some jobs where bathroom breaks are restricted. I do not think this will be really enforceable, but I think it is a symptom of some students abusing bathroom privileges.
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• United States
9 Feb 12
I don't think I've been anywhere it was restricted, but they prefer you attend to such things on your break. But sometimes it can't be helped nor can everyone just "hold it"
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
9 Feb 12
I have worked in factories where it was restricted. It develops unhealthy habits of not keeping hydrated due to restricted access. It was a matter of keeping the job. I have also known some students who hated using the bathroom at school and so did not drink at school either. Teachers need to spend their time on something other than making rules to enforce. I still wonder what brought this teacher to the point of feeling she needed this rule.
• Singapore
9 Feb 12
The reason for enforcing this policy is genuine, as in there are people who abuse toilet breaks for their own stuff, but it doesn't mean that the teacher can enforce rules like this which affect other innocent kids. Even if the teacher wants to restrict toilet breaks, she should only implement it on those kids who seem to be abusing toilet breaks, not everyone else who is innocent.
• United States
10 Feb 12
I agree other kids are being punished by the foolishness of another child. I think things like taking away recess or other special things or even notes home would be more appropriate means of action.
• United States
9 Feb 12
There are some companies out there that say you should only use the facilities on your breaks and lunch times. But, when you have to go, you have to go. And they really cant deny you or a law suit can be made against them. As far as children are concerned I have never heard of stipulations put to them to follow. This is uncalled for. They should not be denied the right to visit the little boy or girls rooms. They don't have the muscle power to hold it for any given period of time. If I heard that when my kids were in school I would be in their office making a stink the very next day. It is not healthy to hold anything for anyone regardless of age. This is just wrong!
• United States
11 Feb 12
Don't deny them the potty break deny them an "extra" thing like recess for the day if they were found wondering around and did not promptly return to class. If they do it fairly frequently request a conference with the parents or a note home and go from there. No need to punish the entire class with the system.
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Maybe no-potty rule can be employed in an adult environment, but for kids, I think this is not appropriate. Kids might find it harder to control their "call of nature" than us adults. When I was a kid in school, we just have to inform our teacher if we are going on a potty break anytime.
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• United States
10 Feb 12
I agree I think they would have a harder time with it and they honestly don't give the kids alot of chances to go during the day . We had to tell the teacher we had to go as well or we got to go at snack time I recall if we needed to.
• United States
9 Feb 12
i seen this story on the news and on a health show not only is it unhealthy for anyone of any age to hold their bladder kids are just learning to tell when they need to go any adult should know both of these i feel these teachers and anyone allowing this should be fired
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• United States
9 Feb 12
Exactly! Kids should not be expected to hold it as long as an adult or a teenager.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
9 Feb 12
Wow this is outrageous if the time comes that this happens to my kid in the future, and was prohibited to go to the John then i think all hell will break loose in my mind and talk diplomatically to the teacher and calmly talk to her the mistakes of her ways.
• United States
9 Feb 12
I feel the same way! The superintendant and the state superintendant would hear from me!!
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
8 Sep 12
This brings back memories of my first grade class where I was afraid to ask to go to the bathroom until my teacher threatened to send me back to kindergarten because I couldn't control my bladder. Fortunately they suggested that if I had a problem that I just had to make a sign with my hand and she would let me go. I see no reason that any teacher should disallow a student from taking care of bodily functions when the need arises. It is one thing if many kids go out at one time or if they are gone for a long period of time, but the trips should be allowed when needed. Thanks for sharing!
• United States
13 Feb 12
my school tried this-although a more generous(ha)once a day. they reversed their decision really quick when an ill kid they insisted come to school anyway let loose on the classroom floor.and it wasn't pee either. can't say i felt sorry for the school having to clean it up.that's what they get.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Feb 12
When I was in high school I do remember having one teacher that would limit us to three hallpasses for the entire semester and it was something that drove me crazy, but I also realize that we did have time between classes where we could stop into the bathroom if we needed to. With that said, when it comes to the bathroom, I really do feel that anyone should be allowed to take a quick bathroom break whenever they need to use the bathroom because it really can be dangerous to hold it.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Feb 12
i can sort of see the teachers frustration with the kids that are always wanting to go to the bathroom to get out of class but i think that this is a little crazy. i drink a lot of water so i am always running to the bathroom and as the receptionist, i have to get someone to cover the phones, but i am still allowed to go to the bathroom when i need to. i agree with you, it is a human right. what if a kid has a bladder issue?
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
9 Feb 12
I am from the old school so this is nothing new to me. We trained our children to use the bathroom in the morning and at school before school begun and during the breaks given. It was just instilled in us. Of course if we had to go then we had to ask permission and this was a bit of an embarrassment. I was taught this way by my mother so I guess that I just did the same with my own children. However, the lunchtime was 90 mins and the two breaks 20 minutes so there was sufficient time for us all to use the bathroom. I can see the problem if the time is limited though for them all to use the bathroom. The age of the child should also be taken into consideration too. Little ones are physically unable to hold their urine like older children.
• United States
9 Feb 12
I think this policy is ridiculous! When my kids were younger, if their teacher told them to wait to go to the bathroom, I would go up to the school and complain. Mostly it can be a health risk to anyone if they have to hold their bladder for long periods of time, kidney and bladder infections. It is a human right and should not be restricted.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Feb 12
Because of a few troublemakers in high school, we were banned from using the bathrooms during class. We could only use them during passing times(which is about five minutes, no where near enough time to go to bathroom and make it to class) and during lunch, where the bathrooms were crowded by people chit chatting anyway, so it was annoying in a sense as well. It never ceased to frustrate me and I'm sure I've developed some kind of health problem from it that might haunt me later in life by having to hold it in. But they don't care. They really don't care about the health problems that forcing someone who has to go to the bathroom to hold it can cause. That is really all that there is. For some people, when they have to go, they have to go and if they have to go and don't make it to the toilet in time, they will go anyway. Which is potentially ridiculing. Some people don't think.
• United States
9 Feb 12
Well, consider this: A teacher in LA had more than 200 student bondage photos. A teacher in Grain Valley has just been accused by four more students of molestation. Human dignity? If your child is lucky, he or she may only be shoved, left to have an "accident" in class or insulted by a teacher, bus driver or teacher's aide. If he or she isn't so lucky, (s)he becomes prey for a teacher, bus driver or teacher's aide who is a predator. There is a phrase: "pass the trash." It refers to the common practice of districts moving predators from one school to another. I will never entrust my children to a broken and corrupt system such as that of American public education. Ever since my days as a student within that broken system, I have known that I would home school my children, and that is exactly what I will do when we have kids.