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We are going to be 100% in person in a few weeks...at least that's the plan. Our school is working out all kinds of logistical things. Here's a question I have:

Bathroom Breaks....

1.) How many kids can be in the bathroom? How will know that there are not more kids in there?

2.) Bathroom passes in the classroom....we can't use our classroom passes that kids would normally place on their desks so the teacher knows who is in the bathroom. What are you planning to do? I have though about making individual passes that kids could set on their desks (table tent), but how I limit the number of kids going at the same time? I teach first, so I can just picture a group of kids trying to go at the same time, or "My pass was up first!!!"

I know this is a littlet thing compared to all of the big things we are facing.
Maybe this is my desperate attempt at control?!All of these small things that now how to be figured out. Ugh.


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First, good thought! Thank you for posting! I never would have thought of those things!

In terms of how many people can be in the bathroom at a time and how to know, I'm not sure how to do that with other classes, too.

I always had the students put a pass on their desk, too, but you're right, for sanitary reasons, having students touch a pass is probably not a good idea.

One year, I had a cookie sheet with small magnets for each student. Each student's name was on a magnet. Attached to the cookie sheet was a laminated sheet with "Absent", "Bathroom", "Drink", "Counselor", etc. The student moved their magnet (obviously someone else had to move it to absent). Now, sometimes friends would move each others if they forgot to move it back, at the end of the day, etc. However, I'm wondering how this would work this year, if I say that students can only move their magnet. If they forget, someone can orally remind them, but then they have to move it, or I can move it. I could take a lysol wipe to the magnets, cookie sheet, each day.

I'm wondering if a clip chart sort of thing could work the same way. It would be like a behavioral clip chart, but each "level" is a place: bathroom, drink, counselor, office, absent, etc. The main or middle level would be "Classroom" Then each student can clip his or own clip/clothes pin where they are and move it back when they return. Again, I could use a Lysol wipe each day on them.

I was just thinking as I typed this, so maybe there are still flaws with this plan. I'd love to hear other teachers' ideas!
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In my building, classrooms will have certain times for bathroom breaks and to fill water bottles. It will be in our schedule, just like art, music, phy ed, etc.

Kids will not be allowed to use the restroom at other times. I still don't understand what we will do in case of an emergency.
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Bathrooms was literally one of the things my P was MOST stressed about when creating our plan!

According to district guidelines, student must wash hands when returning from specials. So since that happens anyway, the last 10 minutes of specials will be a whole class bathroom break/everyone must wash their hands even if they don't have to go. Since those kids are all in the same cohort, it doesn't matter how many are in the bathrooms at once.

Classrooms will have at least one other whole class bathroom break during the day, hoping to cut down on the kids that ask to go during other parts of the day. If kids ask to go, a para must escort them so we can make sure there aren't kids from multiple cohorts in there at the same time. Each grade level has an assigned para and this will be one of their jobs. Another consideration (not sure if this is final) is to give kids two "coins" that they can use for the bathroom every day so kids aren't just constantly asking to go. I could see this being an issue especially if they mostly have to sit at their desks all day.

Here's my somewhat controversial opinion to add: If I were a classroom teacher, I would get rid of the water bottles. Or at least, put all of the water bottles in one section of the classroom and allow students to take set "water breaks" over there a few times during the day. Many of our teachers allow kids to keep water bottles at their desk. Kids get bored and drink from them constantly all day long, which means they also constantly legitimately have to go to the bathroom. The above plan is not going to work if we continue letting them suck down those water bottles all day long.
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So true!
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Kids get bored and drink from them constantly all day long, which means they also constantly legitimately have to go to the bathroom.
So true! That didn't pass my mind, but you are correct!

I remember one year, this kid went to the bathroom at least 5 or 6 times the first day, and it happened again the second day. On the second day, I said to him, "Geez, am I boring you that much that you leave 5 or 6 times a day to "go to the bathroom". He goes, "No." Then he held up a water bottle, and opened up his backpack where he had 3 more water bottles. He said, "I drink a lot of water". Well, yeah, you drink 4 water bottles a day, now I can totally see going 5 or 6 times a day!


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Old 08-04-2020, 03:17 PM
 
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Was it on here, or somewhere else?

1. School decides how many kids can be in the bathroom at once.
2. Hang that number of hooks outside each bathroom
3. Create a paper (one time use) bathroom pass, and punch a hole in it.
4. Student gets a pass, goes to the bathroom, hangs his pass on the hook before entering the bathroom.
5. When done, student retrieves his pass, and returns to classroom with his pass.
6. If all the hooks are in use, student waits until a hook opens up.

Teachers would have to make sure that students brought their passes back, so that there weren't forgotten passes on the hooks stopping kids from going in.

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This issue is actually the first one I thought of--we have 9 classrooms that share 1 boy and 1 girl bathroom. I don't see any way to make that work. We'd have kids wandering the hall or just hanging outside the bathroom waiting for someone to come out. No SD happening there.
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Thank you everyone...
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for taking time to answer my question. It helps to know that I'm not the only thinking about it! If my school comes up with a brilliant plan I will be sure to share it here!
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Old 08-05-2020, 04:27 PM
 
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I’ve never been more glad that each classroom in my school has their own bathroom before, in K-2 it’s in the classroom and 3-5 it’s directly outside your classroom door.
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We are supposed to go back in Sept and remote until then. THe p told some of last week some of the things we would spend these remote days would be on teaching procedures of how to walk in the hall, stand in your teacher line, how you would use the bathroom-those kind of thing, but honestly we are so focused on figuring out how the remote thing is going to work that I don't know when we will talk about thse type of things, much less make videos to help students understand... My guess is that will be the next last minute item we start figuring out.


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