Can Teachers Limit Restroom Use?
By: Brandon Yarber ii
Some teachers have beeen limiting or even denying student restroom use around the nation.
Letter from child expert regarding restroom use.
"School staff need to be sensitive to the physical needs of children, including the use of the bathroom. Not all children are able to "hold it" until break time, thus flexibility should be allowed.
If a child seems to need several trips to the restroom throughout the day the the parents should meet with the teachers and guidance staff to see if this is typical or atypical behavior of the child.
If there exists a medical or developmental concern, then the child's physician may need to provide medical documentation.
However, given the heightened concern for bullying within schools, in my opinion at no time should a child be ridiculed by staff or students. Period."
Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families
Host of Learning and Laugher with Louise (www.toginet.com)
Tennessee State Guidenlines regarding restroom use.
According to Tennessee state guidelines, anything detrimental to student health is prohibited. It has been proven on multiple accounts that denial of restroom use can be detrimental to student health.
"Healthy school environment concerns the quality of the physical and aesthetic surroundings; the psychosocial climate, safety, and culture of the school; the school safety and emergency plans; and the periodic review and testing of the factors and conditions that influence the environment. Factors and conditions that influence the quality of the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it; transportation services; any biological or chemical agents inside and outside the school facilities that are detrimental to health; and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, lighting, air quality and potential health and safety hazards. The quality of the psychological environment includes the physical, emotional and social conditions that affect the safety and well being of students and staff. Qualified staff such as facilities and transportation supervisors, principals, school and community counselors, social workers, psychologists, school health nurses, health educators, and school safety officers assess and plan for these factors and conditions in the school environment." -Tennessee state guidelines.
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