I was recently made aware of a policy within a local elementary school that speaks volumes to me. On the surface it appears to be a rule that will uphold orderliness within the school but the BIGGER picture is frightening.
Apparently this small town elementary school restricts students from using the restroom at any time except during lunch break or “recess”. Children may not be excused to use the restroom for any other reason outside of those times. For most kids this doesn’t appear to be a problem, but why isn’t it? Because the parents (admittedly) are restricting fluids to avoid the problem. What? Have we really deteriorated to point that we would WITHOLD fluids from our children just to placate the school officials? Apparently dehydration is no big deal to them. And they wonder why kids can’t focus? It is reported that if the brain dehydrates by a mere 1% then we lose 10% capacity. Go figure.
If kids were drinking water and striving to be hydrated then it wouldn’t be possible to “hold it” as they’re being told to do. Shame on the school(s) and shame on the parents for ignoring what’s best for their children. Fight back! Our kids are worth it!