Bathroom Help at School

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Bathroom Help at School
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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 1:51pm

I've been volunteering at school for a while now.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 10-21-2011 - 5:34pm
Hmmm. That's an interesting question. What if one of the teachers is male?

When I was teaching (of course, our school was K-5), we were only allowed to help with zippers and buttons in plain view of other people. So entering a stall or wiping would be big no-nos. When I did have to help a kid, I just did it in the doorway to the bathroom (no doors on student bathrooms-just a doorway w/ stalls inside) and helped with whatever they needed, that way we weren't in the middle of the hall to embarass the kid, but were still visible to people from the hall.

In a pre-school I think that it would be necessary to help with wiping sometimes but I do think that the staff should be in charge of that, or have designated volunteers on hand who have received training/comprehensive back ground checks so that parents can feel more secure about who is in the bathroom with their kid.

Manda :)

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 10-21-2011 - 7:17pm
That's what happens in my kids' school, too. Volunteers usually just stand outside the bathroom and then help with buckles, snaps, etc. I've never really thought about what I'd think if a dad was volunteering to help with the classes. I don't think I'd have a problem with it. I asked DH what he thinks, and he doesn't see an issue either.

Before anyone can volunteer to help with the kids at school, they have to pass a background check and go through a certification course in working with the kids (through the school).
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Registered: 10-15-2001
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 11:02am
I would be OK with the way your school does it. For us anyone can volunteer and they don't do any types of checks. I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be with just any parent, but teachers I'm OK with. Luke still has trouble wiping and we are working on it but I really have to push him to do things on his own.
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