When Schools Crack Down on Bathroom Breaks

By Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily — June 06, 2007 1 min read
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The highly personal issue of school bathroom breaks is explored in a USA Today story about schools who don’t let kids go any time they want. In attempts to crack down on kids who see bathroom breaks as a convenient way to meet friends and misbehave, some schools are limiting how many times students can head to the restroom. But these limits can sometime have “dire consequences” for children who really do need to use the bathroom, the newspaper reports. The story seems to have touched a nerve based on some of the comments posted on the USA Today Web site.

For more on the subject, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics offers schools some thoughts on bathroom issues. also provides teachers’ real-world solutions to the question of what to do when children ask to be excused for a bathroom break.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.