Should You Restrict Student Bathroom Use?

Answer:

It is not illegal for a teacher to "not allow" a student to use the restroom. A teacher must manage students and their learning and more than not a student can wait for the appropriate time for a restroom break. … The health and safety of students is paramount and any teacher endangering a students health can be liable.

Answer:

Restricting access to the bathroom forces students into unhealthy toileting habits, such as holding in urine, which may create health problems that will follow students into adulthood and decrease their quality of life,” says Rebecca Nebel, PhD, SWHR’s director of scientific programs.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do schools restrict bathroom use?

Reasons behind varying policies: fears (sometimes valid) of bathroom misbehavior, lack of resources to monitor bathroom, lack of awareness of physical and psychological impact on children, academic disruption, and not cited in article, but I believe adults also don't trust kids.

Do students have the right to go to the toilet?

Policies vary with some mainstream schools allowing access to toilets during set break times unless a medical certificate is provided, other schools issue toilet passes which can require a medical certificate, while others leave it to the individual teacher's discretion.

Can a teacher refuse to let a child go to the bathroom?

It is not illegal for a teacher to "not allow" a student to use the restroom. A teacher must manage students and their learning and more than not a student can wait for the appropriate time for a restroom break. ... The health and safety of students is paramount and any teacher endangering a students health can be liable.

Can I walk out of class to go to the bathroom?

Yes, and you will face the disciplinary consequences. If it is an emergency you need to communicate that. If you do this on a regular basis you need to go to the restroom before you go to that class just as you would if you were going on a car trip and wouldn't plan on stopping for a few hours.

How does restricting access to the bathroom affect students?

“Restricting access to the bathroom forces students into unhealthy toileting habits, such as holding in urine, which may create health problems that will follow students into adulthood and decrease their quality of life,” says Rebecca Nebel, PhD, SWHR’s director of scientific programs.

Do you have to go to the bathroom in high school?

Many of us can probably remember strict bathroom rules back in our school days. While high school bathrooms are more prone to…uh…shenanigans, and it’s understandable why school administrators and teachers would want to reduce time wasted in there, you still have to let kids go to the bathroom when they need to go.

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