Going to the toilet during lessons.

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  1. Misskel

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    I am a primary school teacher (year 3). I don't let children go to the loo during lessons. Would you be upset with this rule as a parent?
     
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  2. Ome

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    Is that a personal rule of yours, or is it the school policy?
     
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    Personal rule. School says it is down to discretion, I have always said no.
     
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    I'm curious why you would not let them go? Is there any particular reason, like do they have to be escorted? I don't know what ages year three are.
     
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    Year 3 are 7 and 8. They have plenty breaks to go to the loo, no they don't have to be escorted.
     
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    So would it anger you or not?
     
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    It wouldn't anger me, but at the same time, I would be questioning why someone would put a young child in an uncomfortable position.
     
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    They never go more than a couple of hours so if they have a wee at break there should be no reason for them to go. If they forget that tough.
     
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    But what if that affects their education?

    As in, they lose concentration because they want to pee.
     
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    If the work doesn't get done they stay in at break
     
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    You mean during the time they can actually have a pee?



    Someone forgets to pee and then they are needing to go during the lesson, however, you won't allow that so their work deteriorates and to compensate that, you keep them in during the break, even though all they want is to pee.



    Are you not creating more work for yourself, or are you simply winding me up?
     
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    They are given 5 mins at break to have a drink and use the loo if kept in.
     
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    Have you had any parents complain about your ruling and if so, how did you handle it?
     
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    At my school we have had irate parents who were upset about some teachers' bathroom policies, usually because their child has wet their pants in class.

    I teach second grade and while I encourage my students not to go to the bathroom while I'm teaching, I don't ever tell them no. I rarely have students who need to go during a lesson because there are plenty of times during class time where they can go, plus recess and lunch.
     
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    I personally think a student should be allowed to use the washroom when needed. If a student asks every class maybe there is a reason. It must be annoying for Teachers but I feel everyone should be allowed to use the washroom when needed.
     
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    What about being aware when some pupils have medical conditions that can increase urinary frequency and urinary urgency?
     
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    Some people at times have medical conditions that at times can affect their urinary frequency and also increase their urinary urgency. Some days they may not want to go at all during class time but from time to time they might need to urgently go at least a couple of times during an hour, with little notice.
     
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    I appreciate that you may feel you're being boundaried and consistent, but it seems to me a little flexibility wouldn't come amiss in taking each case on its merits. It's not a one size fits all situation and I imagine the school policy advises discretion for this very reason.

    Consider also that there may be reasons why some prefer to use the toilet alone. They may be used to quiet and find a noisy environment unhelpful, distracting or even threatening. Children are entitled to take care of their basic needs in a way that feels safe and a teacher is entrusted to help them achieve that as well as getting the work done.

    I'm also curious why you are checking this out with people here rather than your colleagues or the children's carers.
     
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    What if they wet themselves?? :(
     
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    Potentially hours of disruption for them. Upsetting. Issues of Classroom Smell. Cleaning. Clothes-changing, possibly requiring a trip home. Potential gossip/humiliation from witnesses.
     
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