I am again thinking about G and her path of growing and learning. I am again frustrated by the current state of our neighborhood school. Just this week the Principal implemented a new rule: only one child in the bathroom at a time...ever. How unbelievably inefficient. Today I was in picking G up and while I waited outside the office I saw the first grade teacher take 10 minutes to stand in her doorway and watch the children walk down the hall one at a time. While she was doing this, the Kindergarten class came by and stopped to use the bathroom creating a backlog. Although there are 6 stalls in this bathroom, only one may be used. Children waiting in the hallway were upset. One little girl said “this is a very bad rule.” as she crossed her legs bouncing up and down obvious to all that she really had to go. Five stalls were open, yet she waited. Why? That is what I would like to know. What happened in one of the bathrooms that caused a school with approximately 410 students to implement such a drastic rule? Why are 409 other children being punished for the act of one? G’s recess is being cut into by her classroom trip to the bathroom. Rather than being outside on a 80 degree day, they stand in the hallway waiting for one child to pee. Ludicrous.
Oh and by the way, when I collected G and left, the Kindergarten teacher and the First Grade teacher were still standing there, as were more than 20 children, waiting for one child to finish peeing.at.a.time.