La Joya High School Implements New Restroom Policy

6 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 08 2017 Mar 8, 2017 March 08, 2017 5:25 PM March 08, 2017 in News

LA JOYA – One Rio Grande Valley school campus is only allowing its students to use the restroom at certain times of the day.

Some parents of La Joya High School students want to know why no one notified them of the school’s new policy.

The principal started the policy three weeks ago.

Maria Gracia’s daughter is a student at La Joya High School. She wasn’t aware of the new bathroom policy at her daughter’s school.

“I didn’t know about the bathroom restrictions they put in place. They never let us know,” she said. “They should let the parents know. The institution of La Joya, they should send some sort of announcement about the changes happening in school. No matter how minimum the change is they have to tell us what’s happening at school, us as parents need to be informed.”

The new bathroom policy states the students will not be able to use the restroom for 10 minutes during the beginning of their second period and for another 10 minute period directly after lunch. Gracia disagreed with the policy and said that if a student needs to use the restroom that’s their choice.

“If a kid is getting out of class and going to the restroom four or five times and wasting his time, I think the teacher should just focus on the kids who are there to learn,” Gracia said.

Gracia pointed out some female students may have to use the restrooms more frequently than boys.

“As a woman, she might have to go to the restroom more than a few times to feel comfortable,” she said.

Gracia’s daughter, Dinora Perez, explained the four minutes she and her classmates are given to use the restroom are simply not enough time.

“When we ask if we can use the restroom, they tell us no because the principal says they can’t let us,” she said.

Lilliana Salgado, the public relations coordinator for La Joya ISD, explained why parents weren’t informed.

“We didn’t feel that the parents needed to be notified. I have to add that in those 10 minutes that the restrooms are closed, someone is always in the halls. Administrators are always in the halls that have access to the restrooms in case of any emergencies. The students are always taken care of. Their safety is always first,” she said.

Salgado said the high school hasn’t been experiencing a big student attendance problem. She added that the principal’s new policy is simply a solution to a problem that all schools face.

Gracia also said she felt the new policy was unfair to her daughter and other students like her who follow the rules and take school seriously.

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