FUMING parents have closed a school after they installed shutters on the toilet door to limit access to the children.
The decision to install lockable gates at the Hundred of Hoo Academia, in Kent, created an uproar when parents suggested that some students were not drinking to avoid using liquids.
Angry parents have faced draconian rules applied to their children, with the academy acknowledging that shutters are a new department.
Under current regulations, students must be issued a pass to use the restroom during school hours, but locked gates mean they must be given a key.
Lauren Jewiss, 32, from Hoo, said the rules were “ridiculous” and explained that students had to go to Student Services to ask for the restroom keys and then get the keys back.
She told Kent online: “It’s middle school and big school – sometimes they have to go from side to side to get the keys.
“If someone has a bad stomach or something, it’s going to be very difficult for them – it’s just not fair.
“One of the girls was on time for her for the month and they wouldn’t let her go. Her mother said to just get up and go outside – which she did and then she was in trouble.
“It’s a basic human right to go to the bathroom. Some students don’t go to the bathroom during the day and they have to take the bus half an hour home before they can.
“They can’t go to lunch because there’s a queue at lunch – so they have to split their lunch time between eating and queuing for the restroom.”
Parents are now considering creating a petition, with many of them likening the academy to a “prison” to a mother who claims her daughter “nearly had an accident.
Commenting on Facebook, one parent said: “My daughter at school didn’t drink enough water because she didn’t have enough time to queue for the toilet at work, so now she drinks less. Going home with a headache. continuity”.
Another added “This is the same with my daughter”, while a third asserted “my daughter refuses to drink at all.”
Other parents say their children refuse to drink alcohol in the morning before school for the same reason, while others say the girls have been unable to change their hygiene protections due to regulations.
In a statement, Hundred of Hoo Academy said it was “known for our protection and support systems.”
‘DO NOT CHANGE POLICY’
They added: “As part of this protective approach, we closely monitor students’ attendance and punctuality at all times.
“Students can use our restrooms, student services and ministry throughout the day but must follow the school system that has been in place for a number of years, with students being reminded of them. by term.
“There are no changes to the policy and students can use Academy facilities.
“We have many bathrooms around the Academy and students use them comfortably during breaks and lunches, as staff are on duty in these areas.
“During class time, students should check in to their class time and use the teacher’s pass to access the restroom or enter one of the pastoral rooms. This ensures we know the location of all students. and can effectively protect them.
“Like all schools, we strive to encourage students to use the restroom at the most appropriate times to avoid disruption to learning, however, if a child needs to use the restroom, they are allowed to do so, especially when they have a medical condition, may ask for it more often.
“Shutters are used on site to prevent unauthorized use of restrooms when unattended, which improves both student safety and helps avoid any vandalism. employees while walking on the construction site.
“We take our responsibility to protect and educate our students very seriously and will continue to support our students to be the best they can be.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4889215/daughters-school-locked-shutters-toilet-doors-stop-used/ My daughter’s school has locked SHUTTERS on the toilet door to prevent them from being used