I am so glad I am not a student at Evergreen Park High School in Evergreen, Illinois. You see, the school recently established a policy that allows a student to leave class to visit the restroom only 3 times during a semester. Any further visits and the student gets detention.
The reasoning behind the policy is that students shouldn't be missing valuable class time, nor should they be using the restroom as "an excuse to miss class." Students complain that with only five minutes between classes, there's not enough time to go to the restroom in that time.
EPHS has 950 students, which is roughly the size of a school in which I taught for 12 years. In a building of the size required to house that many students, the distance between classrooms and student lockers, as I recall, can make getting from one end of the building to the other, a stop at a locker to get required materials, AND a restroom stop a real challenge.
Then there's the whole "time of the month" issue that girls have to deal with; that alone can make extra restroom stops a necessity! Maybe times have changed, or student needs are different in Illinois than they are in Maine, but I don't recall students losing class time in the restroom being an issue. If teachers make their classes engaging, I doubt that many students will be trying to duck them.
High school is stressful enough for most kids. My feeling is they shouldn't be forced into a situation where they have to choose: "To Pee or Not to Pee."
Any thoughts on the topic? If you're a high school teacher, does your school have a policy on bathroom usage? What are your feelings as a parent?