Bathroom Breaks

  1. Sprinkle some wisdom on me wise school nurses!

    I had a parent contact me because the teacher is limiting them to one bathroom break a day. Poor kid ended up having an accident due to this policy, and the teacher didn't bother to let me know. Student doesn't have any kidney/urinary issues, not diabetic, no underlying medical conditions. Mom wants the child to be able to drink water throughout the day which of course means multiple bathroom trips.

    So, I need to reach out to the teacher and I'm not sure what to say. No other teacher limits bathroom breaks. In fact, most my teachers are very free with the bathroom breaks.

    Also, I'm elementary and this is 3rd grade.

    Help!
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  3. by   tamarae1
    I would speak with admin about it and ask if it is policy (we know it isn't.) Teaching on the need for drinking water in school - lessens headaches, keeps body hydrated and working properly. If the brain works well, the students learn. Kids that pee on themselves due to ridiculous rules will end up with learning issues and ultimately unhappy teachers.
  4. by   ruby_jane
    I am sure the parent will intervene before you get there.... One bathroom break? Wow.
  5. by   Supernrse01
    Give this one over to your admin so they can handle it!
  6. by   BluebellRN
    Ya'll are right, this is above my pay grade! I passed it right along.

    This teacher is a bit intense, and demanding without the stupid bathroom rules. I feel for the kid
  7. by   bsyrn
    Poor kid...that teacher must be a little loony. I agree with the others, definitely an administration issue.
  8. by   SaltineQueen
    Our superintendent would have that teacher's head! Are they not going at other times like before lunch, after recess, before specials, etc? Unless s/he's a dilly-dallier theres no excuse for that.
  9. by   BettyGirard
    Definitely, need the administrator to intervene. Even if there is a problem with excessive absences from classes, this is not the appropriate intervention!
  10. by   BluebellRN
    My principal said they should be able to go as needed, except during direct instruction but even then they are welcome go in emergencies or if urgent. Definitely no need for a kid to have an accident. (love that she actually cares about the health needs)
    She's tiffed and going to speak with the teacher ASAP.
  11. by   not.done.yet
    As the mom of a kid with diabetes insipidus, this makes me furious. Shame on that teacher. I cannot imagine the logic of expecting grade school kids to exercise a level of bodily control that grown adults cannot do themselves most of the time.
  12. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from BluebellRN
    Sprinkle some wisdom on me wise school nurses!

    I had a parent contact me because the teacher is limiting them to one bathroom break a day. Poor kid ended up having an accident due to this policy, and the teacher didn't bother to let me know. Student doesn't have any kidney/urinary issues, not diabetic, no underlying medical conditions. Mom wants the child to be able to drink water throughout the day which of course means multiple bathroom trips.

    So, I need to reach out to the teacher and I'm not sure what to say. No other teacher limits bathroom breaks. In fact, most my teachers are very free with the bathroom breaks.

    Also, I'm elementary and this is 3rd grade.

    Help!
    The teacher is insane.

    I don't see why you have to intervene with the teacher. (go straight to Admin and have them deal with this nut case)

    The parents should have her tarred and feathered pretty quickly.
  13. by   anewsns
    That is infuriating! Sounds like neglect/ abuse to me !!!
  14. by   Jedrnurse
    Unless this teacher is new to your school, I'm shocked that it all hasn't hit (the bathroom) fan before now. I'm also amazed that the parent contacted you first instead of going straight to staging a revolt in the principal's office...

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