Bathroom Breaks

Regarding Bathroom/Restroom Breaks

At the beginning of each Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 Class, every student will have the opportunity to use the restroom before starting regular physical activity. While one boy and one girl use the bathrooms, the other students will watch a health, safety, and/or physical education/activity video. (Administration has instructed teachers to allow no more than one student at a time in the rest rooms.) Once all students return from the restroom, we will resume the regular class procedure. Having breaks at the beginning of class allows for accurate tracking of students and helps guarantee building and student safety/security.

A child's bladder is small and does not hold as much urine as an adult's bladder. For this reason, frequent urination is common and is not necessarily a sign of any serious medical conditions. Younger elementary school children may need to urinate as often as every 10 minutes.

Pollakiuria is also known as benign idiopathic urinary frequency. It refers to frequent daytime urination in children with no specific cause. Although it's most common in children 3 to 5 years old, teenagers can develop it too.

Urinary frequency generally occurs in children who are already toilet trained. It's typically thought of as a sensory urgency — children feel like they need to go to the bathroom when there is no true physical need to do so. These children are using the bathroom as often as every 10 to 30 minutes — or 30 to 40 times per day — expelling only small amounts of urine. Overnight, they are usually able to sleep without waking to use the bathroom. Underlying physical abnormalities are rare. Children with urinary frequency usually have a normal physical exam, a normal urinalysis and a normal renal bladder ultrasound (if ordered).

Catecholamines produced during physical activity and even at the anticipation of physical activity may cause a need to urinate.

Furthermore, it is a violation of PA child abuse/neglect policies to restrict bathroom access.