Great idea to curb goofing off, or would you be one of the parents protesting? Keep in mind they get SEVEN opportunites/day before the "buck" is charged.Mom: Kids Asked to Pay to Potty
WATAUGA, Texas - The kids at Watauga Elementary School can earn school bucks if they’re good. And on Friday they can cash them in to buy some cool things. But one mom wants to know why kids also have to fork over some of their reward if they need to take an extra trip to the bathroom.
When 10-year-old Trey Tosh came rushing into the house after school and ran straight to the bathroom, his mom wondered why he didn’t just use the restroom at school.That’s when the fourth grader told her it was because he didn’t want to have to pay any of his school bucks.
“I’m not expected to hold it. The teacher’s not expected to hold it. Someone will come take their place. But he has to pay if he’s past his allotted bathroom times. I don’t think that’s right,” Sharon Tosh said.
She believes if a 10-year-old has to choose between paying for the restroom and saving up for a cool prize at the end of the week he’ll hold it as long as he can. After all, it takes five bucks to get monster goo.
Tosh complained to the principal, and the school decided to add one more bathroom break to the afternoon schedule. But extra trips to the bathroom will still cost kids an incentive buck.
The district said it instituted the pay for potty program because students began abusing the bathroom privilege. Now they have seven opportunities throughout the day to use the restroom for free.
“But if a child says I need to go to the restroom and they want to use one of their incentive dollars then they can do that. But we don’t ever restrict a child from ever going to the restroom,” said Mark Thomas, a spokesman for the Birdville Independent School District.
Thomas said the incentive bucks also teach students about saving and budgeting.
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I'd like to know where she works. I am absolutely expected to "hold it." There is no one there to cover even in an emergency. My schedule affords me the opportunity to use the restroom every 52 minutes. My longest stretch of time during the day is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Believe me, some days it is rough, but I can minimize the need by limiting my water intake.I’m not expected to hold it. The teacher’s not expected to hold it. Someone will come take their place.
That said, I have no sympathy what so ever for that mother. None. 7 opportunities to use the restroom for free in what would be about 7 hours? Does this mom pull over every hour when she's on long car trips?
Sorry, this is a sensitive topic for me. It is one of my pet peeves that children think they have the right to use the restroom on demand regardless of what is going on. Fire drill? Assembly? A test? 2 minutes before the bell rings? Umm..no.
My daughter had kidney reflux as a child. She would be one of those students exempted and allowed to go as needed. IME, students who have medical notes are the last ones who ask. They will always be granted permission to go (for "free"), yet they don't take advantage of that.
One of my nephews had a really hard time in elementary school. He got behind pretty quickly and honestly never caught back up again. Want to know *one* reason why? He would goof off by saying he needed to use the bathroom. I would find him in the hallways (yes, i was in elementary school at the same time he was) just wondering about...sometimes his shirt covered in water from trying to use the water fountain and i would send him back to his classroom. He has never been academically strong and I blame his early education partially for not teaching him to focus when it was time to focus.
Still ticks me off that his teachers never did anything to address the bathroom break issue.
My initial reaction was that it kind of stinks to have them have to "give up" something in order to go to the bathroom, but SEVEN breaks! Wow! So, no, I don't have a problem with it.
Bathrooming is one of my teacher pet peeves, too. In elementary school, once one person goes, suddenly the whole class has to go, even though I KNOW they had a bathroom break on the way to my class. Then, they miss the whole explanation for the activity we're doing and come back just in time to start the activity, but they have no idea what they're supposed to be doing because they were in the bathroom. Argh!
ETA: Of course, there should be medical exceptions, as there are now.
This is not debate related....I'm so confused to all of you saying your kids have kidney reflux and peeing a lot.
My kids have been diagnosed with kidney reflux too, but it doesn't make them pee a lot! It does make them more prone to UTI's however...and of course if they have a UTI, they would be peeing alot more, but they don't have a constant UTI.
So i am just curious as to what you are talking about? Are we talking about a different type of reflux? What my kids have is technically called Urinary Reflux...and it has to do with the tubes going from the kidneys to the bladder (urine from the bladder can travel upward back towards the kidneys)
No doctor has ever told me that it would make them pee a lot and I have never seen it as a symptom. Just curiouis as all...not saying I don't believe you!
Last edited by KimPossible; 09-22-2011 at 02:18 PM.
OK am I the only one who read this and though of Urinetown? Where's Robin when I need her.
"Is once too much
Cause once they've onced
They'll want to once once more
I run the only toilet
In this part of town, you see
So, if you've got to go
You've got to go through me
It's a privilege to pee!!"
Anyway, they have 7 free bathroom breaks a day. My son has diabetes insipidus, which has the effect of his blood not holding water and so he has to drink and pee all the time. Even he does not pee 7 times in 6 hours. So, I have a hard time believing that any kid would really need to go more then that.
I think the mom is being ridiculous.
Yeah, I think the mom is being completely absurd. They get 7 free bathroom breaks a day (which is like what, one an hour? How many healthy kids need to pee more than once an hour anyway?), AND it's not even like they have to bring in their allowance or something from home to "buy" the extra bathroom breaks. This is extra freebie school "cash" that they get for being good. The school doesn't *have* to give them "cash" at all! My elementary school didn't give us cash for being good! The school isn't obligated to make sure that they are able to buy "monster goo" at the end of the week. Gimme a break.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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