Students who are 18 years old can go to war, vote, but not take a bathroom break in some districts nationwide. San Francisco Unified, however, is about to make sure their youth as a right to use the restroom.
At the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, the board will vote to protect students' rights to take a bathroom break.
According to district documents, the action comes in response to reports from an Iowa study that showed teachers asking students to delay their bathroom breaks or a Washington, D.C., history class that even deny a student from using the restroom for an entire school year.
The district is asking teachers to consider “basic human needs.” The resolution would require a teachers to take “into account that there are other bodily functions that require the restroom immediately.”
The resolution says students shall not be punished in any way academically for using the restroom, shall not be accompanied to the restroom by staff and shall not be locked out of bathrooms.
The Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.