Parents Outraged Over Brooklyn Teacher’s Potty Policy

Fifth-graders are only allowed to take bathroom breaks three times a week.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:01 AM EDT
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Parents at a Brooklyn elementary school are furious over a fifth-grade teacher’s bathroom policy that prohibits students from jetting to the john more than three times a week.

The stringent policy is limited to the Coney Island classroom of PS 90 teacher Stephanie Warner and is not schoolwide, reports The New York Post.

However, the teacher’s in-depth e-mail explanation of the program to school principal Greta Hawkins earlier this month did not appear to meet with any resistance on the part of the school administrator, according to the paper.

Under Warner’s potty policy, students are given three vouchers a week that entitle them to bathroom visits. A poster hanging on her classroom wall outlines the bathroom rules and explains that students who do not use all three of the vouchers may hand in leftover ones at the end of the week in exchange for tickets they can redeem for small prizes.

The potty policy came to light when one of Warner’s students mentioned the vouchers to his mother.

Parent Sandra Leon told the Post she was outraged by the rules, which her son said were imposed because Warner thought students’ frequent bathroom breaks disrupted class.

Warner did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Hawkins did not respond to a Post e-mail inquiry either, but a Department of Education spokeswoman told the paper Hawkins planned to put an end to the program and reiterated it had never been enforced schoolwide.  

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