When folks tell me to cover for them at work ...I'm known to joke..do you have a note from your Mom

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When folks tell me to cover for them at work ...I'm known to joke..do you have a note from your Mom
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 5:40pm
This is no joking matter...http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/school-limits-student-bathroom-breaks-too-cruel-2588563/
Okay folks from Chicago, how about a little enlightenment?
what is everyone's feelings on limiting bathroom trips to 3per semester during class?
Do our kids and teachers "need" this kind of regulation?
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The fact is, ALL schools limit students from leaving classes.

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Registered: 11-28-1999

At my son's high school, there is a 4 minute break between classes.

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In the school where my dd teaches--where kids pass thru metal detectors to get in, and cops and dope-dogs patrol the halls--potty time is during lunch, for students AND teachers--period. And they all survive quite well.
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Registered: 11-28-1999

Wow, I can't imagine being a teacher in a school like that--it must be very challenging.

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Every so often, I write and nothing shows up. When I preview it, it doesn't show what I've written either (although if I go back to rich text it does). Does anyone have any ideas? I wrote my reply, saw it was not showing up in preview, and copied out into word. Then I hit "post" and sure enough, nothing.

I think it may happen more when I am cuttting and pasting something from the original post. Any suggestions as to how to avoid this? When I went back and did a "quick reply" it posted.

Theresa

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This person from Chicago thinks that this is RIDICULOUS! If you treat kids like prisoners, or two-year olds, they're likely to act that way. And this policy is NOT, btw, just in struggling schools, although I think Evergreen Park could hardly be classified as inner-city (mostly white, under 20% from low-income households, over 90% graduation rate). My nephew attends HS in Wheaton, IL. This is a pretty wealthy, small, conservative town (think Wheaton College). In his Freshman English class, he gets extra credit for not going to the bathroom all semester. Are we REALLY regulating kids' bodily functions? If kids are skipping class in Evergreen Park, address THAT issue. At my girls' high schools, the halls were monitored pretty well, as were the bathrooms. Kids had to show their time-stamped passes. Not to mention, if kids didn't return in a timely fashion, the teacher would give them a warning slip, detention, etc...
As the mother of one girl who had UTIs and another girl with endometriosis, this would have been hell for them. Now, dd19 is on birth control and has two periods a year. When we were trying to control it in high school, she'd bleed through everything (actually once left a puddle of blood on a seat in 8th grade due to a completely unexpected gush) and have cramps that caused other bodily functions to go awry (think frequent bathroom breaks). And as far as the passing periods, their high school had 4,000 kids and had had SEVEN additions built over the years. There were two third floors that didn't connect. The four minutes they had was never enough and teachers routinely held them over when the bell rang. And as far as lunchtime, many schools (my dds' included) had AP science labs, small groups for music, and other activities during half of lunch. These were NOT extracurricular groups (the music groups were part of being in the varsity choir). Students were left with about 15 minutes for lunch, and if you bought, you probably spent 10 minutes in line (needless to say, my dds didn't). It's not like students have all this free time.
Yes, I get that kids aren't learning as much as they need to learn, and test scores need to be higher and all the subgroups aren't making AYP. I get it. But deal with the issues at hand. Teachers know who is abusing this policy. Yes, it's harder and slower and more demanding to deal with it on a case-by-case basis, but I truly don't think that effectively punishing everyone is a good idea.
Theresa

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Theresa, If you're cutting and pasting info, it may be picking up extraneous code that is causing the problem.

Next time it happens, go ahead and post the message and let me know. I can look at the code in the post and maybe that will tell us something.

thanks!
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Registered: 01-05-2005

Theresa, If you're cutting and pasting info, it may be picking up extraneous code that is causing the problem.

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hmmm...I cut and paste often without that problem.

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