UPDATE: Parents Sound Off About Bathroom Breaks At Longfellow Elementary
SPOKANE, Wash. - After a story aired yesterday about a mom concerned over bathroom breaks for her child at Longfellow Elementary, dozens of people sounded off on our Facebook page.
The mom told KHQ that her second-grader had an accident after he was repeatedly denied bathroom breaks. To ensure her son's privacy, the mom did not want to share her full name.
The mom said she did talk to her child's teacher but Spokane Public Schools Spokesperson Kristy Mylroie said the principal never got a complaint.
Per policy at Longfellow Elementary, kids are allowed two bathroom breaks and can have more as long as they ask.
After many phone calls, KHQ found that is the standard policy across the board. Everyone from the State Superintendent's Office to an education policy resource center in Denver said it's up to the teachers to lay the ground rules in the classroom and they can say "no" if kids have to go.
Mylroie reiterated the message to parents on Friday, that if they are concerned they need to talk to their child's teacher. If that doesn't work, there are other resources. Mylroie said the next step is to go to the principal, then school directors, then the superintendent, and the finally the school board.
Of course, KHQ did try to talk to the principal Thursday and Friday. She referred KHQ to the Spokane Public Schools Spokesperson on Thursday and was out of town on Friday.
Comments from the KHQ Facebook page neared 60, including one from Anne who wrote, "My children go there and my daughter told me the same thing when she had an accident."
Kyle wrote, "My children both go to Longfellow, they have NEVER in all the years going there EVER came home and say they were denied a bathroom break."
Meaghan wrote, "Children need to go to the bathroom, yes, they need drinks, yes, but unfortunately with 300-500+ kids in one building and 27 kids in a classroom structure inevitably needs to be put in place and held so that the classroom can function as a classroom and not a daycare."
KHQ got this story from a tip on our Facebook page. If you have questions or comments about this story, just find us on Facebook at KHQ Local News or log on to our web site at khq.com.
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