Bathroom breaks at your school
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|Mon, 11-05-2007 - 9:40am|
Hi all. I would really appreciate it if you could tell me how your schools handle bathroom breaks for K-2. DS (7 and in 1st grade) had two accidents during the first two weeks of school (this kid hasn't had a daytime accident since he was potty trained at around 3 1/2; he occasionally wets the bed at night, usually when he falls asleep very early and is very tired). When I asked him about this he said that he was afraid to go to the bathroom because he didn't know if he could find his way back to the bathroom (in K they had a bathroom in their classroom). I found out from another mom that her son is holding his pee in all day because he has the same fear.
Now, personally I think that they are too young to be going to the bathroom alone. They are not the only ones using this bathroom. There are 5th and 6th grade classrooms on the first floor. Also, the bathroom that is closest to his classroom is right across from the main door to the school. Anyone could walk in and go right into that bathroom (the school has a buzzer system, but once you enter the building you could slip in there). I am going to write a letter to the principal about this. I think they should at least be going in pairs, for safety reasons, if not to just make them feel more comfortable. But I wanted to get other parents' input. I asked my SIL who is the head of the PTA in another district and she says that up until 2nd grade in her school, the teacher takes the whole class, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
In my son's class, each child has two bathroom passes and two water fountain passes (one for the am and one for the pm) and they get to decide when they have to go. The only problem is, there are certain times they can't go such as when they have rug time (which is apparently when they are being taught a new lesson) and when they are getting ready to go to their special. I think this is too much responsibility for them, since they are expected to know "I should go the BR now, because we have rug time in five minutes and I won't be able to go then".
Thanks for all who waded through this long-winded post.