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February 26, 2014 9:45 PM Subscribe
How can I convince my daughter's school director that a doorless bathroom is not appropriate for an elementary school classroom?
posted by Dansaman to Education (33 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My daughter's private Montessori school has a combined K/1 class. They decided to add grades 2/3 this coming fall, so they will convert that K/1 classroom to a combined grades 1/2/3 classroom.
When I asked the school director whether she will convert the doorless bathroom (which is also coed) to a closed door bathroom, she said it will still be perfectly appropriate for the new age levels and she had no plans to change it.
The problem is, I think she's totally wrong. Every single parent and teacher I've spoken to has said they feel it would be inappropriate. The current teacher in that classroom told me that some first graders won't use that bathroom and she has to take them to a private bathroom in a different area of the school (she told me she would tell the director about that). That information did not surprise me and is consistent with my view that by the time kids hit 1st grade, they are more self-conscious and more in need of privacy.
I called a government education office in California (I can't remember if it was county or state) and they said that in a public school it would definitely have to be closed door but they don't regulate private schools.
So, my question is, besides just pressuring the director by telling her all the parents are against it (which I can certainly do), is there any other argument I can make and information I can cite to convince her to change her mind?
Although I'm not sure, I think it's possible she knows it's not appropriate but doesn't want to spend the money to retrofit, or it's also possible that she is concerned about the possible requirement for a teacher to stand outside the door each time a child goes into the bathroom (apparently public schools have such a policy) and how that would affect the overall operation of the classroom (there are multiple teachers in the classroom, but they all have better things to do, educationally speaking, than stand outside a door).