Online debate after mum shares a rant over teachers refusing to let students take a toilet break during class.

The mum shared, “What’s the story with kids going to the toilet during class time?

“My daughter told me that her teacher wouldn’t let her go to the bathroom during class. As a result she had an accident and was super embarrassed.”

What mums think

While we totally understand that students are encouraged to use the toilet during recess and lunch time, some children will obviously also need to go during class. Most children will drink more during their break times so of course they will need to rush to the toilet when back in class.

Many parents said they tell their child to go anyway. (Not sure that’s a good idea!) While others argued parents need to teach their children the correct times to go.

One mum shared, “Small children don’t have the capacity to think ahead like that. Oh it’s break, I might need the toilet in an hour… They don’t think like that. I understand if it’s being disruptive but they should have two in class toilet passes a day to use or something”

Another said, “I’ve told all mine that if a teacher refuses to let them go that they should walk out the classroom and go. How dare anyone decide when another human being needs the toilet.”

Jan shared, “Take a kid on a trip in the car. The first thing you ask is does anyone need to go to toilet. No one does. 5 minutes into the trip they all need to go. It’s just a kid thing. Kids are still learning. Let the kid go to toilet ffs.”

Lisa said, “This happens at our school. Very daunting for little kids that need to go but are watching others be refused. It sends stupid signals to kids.”

What the experts say

There are a number of physical problems which can arise when school children are only allowed to access toilets at set times, rather than on a needs basis.

“Having set times for access to the toilet can cause “I’ll go just in case” practices which means the bladder doesn’t get used to holding on until it’s full. Over time, the bladder capacity can reduce, increasing the need to visit the toilet more frequently.

“At the same time, the amount of fluid a child can drink before needing to go to the toilet is reduced. This results in a vicious circle. A child may consciously or unconsciously ration their fluid intake, or avoid drinking altogether, if they fear not being able to go to the toilet when they need to.”

There is potential for long term damage to the bladder as well as risk of anxieties of trying to either conform to the policy, or having to inform the school of any continence problems.

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  • Not a good policy indeed !
    Last year I had a foster child with continence problems, she was in year 5. They could gain points in the class and had to pay with their points to go to the toilet (instead of getting a reward for their points), this way discouraging toilet use. While we were teaching this child to go when she needs to go and take the time of the toilet. I approached the teacher and principal and requested not to use this policy on my child.
    My 13 and 14yr old are in high school and they’re not allowed to visit the toilet during class or they will go in detention. So far my kids have not complained and have submitted to this rule.


  • I’d go to the such and get the full story.


  • It’s a kid thing, at the time they might not want to go so schools need to make allowances for that. In saying that though, some kids might keep doing this during class to get out of work and not actually need to go to the toilet


  • If this was my child my rant wouldn’t be on social media it would be in the principles office. The poor child will now be traumatised and being teased

    • The Mum hasn’t been named and neither has the child according to this article. I know of a boy who went to the toilet during the break abut wasn’t allowed to go during the lesson. In that time he had developed “the runs” and by the next break he didn’t get to the toilet in time. Imagine how embarrassed he was. The school rang his Mum to go and collect him. Had he been allowed to go when he asked he probably would have made it with no “accident”.


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