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School Bathroom Rules -- Who's In Charge?

School Bathroom Rules -- Who's In Charge?
A teacher at a charter school in Memphis told students they could use the bathroom during class twice a month. A letter was sent out, and it's making its way around social media. What are your thoughts?
September 13, 2018 05:45 PM

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Chloe Nordquist, Michael Adam Mora

A teacher at Aspire Hanley Middle School, a charter school in Memphis, told students they could use the bathroom during class twice a month. A letter was sent out, and it's making rounds on social media.

Key words: during. class.

The middle school students must hand the pass to the teacher for her signature to leave class to the bathroom, water fountain or nurses office -- unless he or she has a note from a doctor.

At closer inspection, the agreement informs students if they fail to comply with the policy, they may face “AUTOMATIC detention or a zero on whatever assignment decide to walk out on.”

What would you do if your kid, from instance, came home from one of the Lee County schools with a letter like this?

The district apologized and said that was not in line with its policies, but the teacher who wrote it is still at the school.

Articles have been popping up across media platforms about this, and evidently this is nothing new.

HelloSWFL found a blog post back in 2014 that said kids in a Chicago school were being limited to two restroom passes per quarter unless they used the facilities during a “designated restroom time”.

Some people say this is punishing students for needing to use the bathrooms.

Others say this is just a way to combat a problem of students exaggerating to get out of class and roaming the halls.

How do you feel? Let us know.

It is definitely a firm stance by Mrs. White, who ends the pass with a stern declaration.

"If you lose your pass," the contract states, "I AM SORRY, TRY ME AGAIN NEXT MONTH."

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