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The Battle Over Bathroom Access: Students Push Back Against New Policy

By Sarah Samra, Clarion Staff reporter

A new school bathroom policy at John F. Kennedy High School has sparked frustration among many students, who feel that their basic needs are not being adequately met. The policy states that the bathroom should be closed during the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of  every class. They are supposed to stay open during passing periods and the middle of class periods. Unfortunately, bathrooms have been closed during passing periods and at other times throughout the day, which has forced students to find alternative ways to access restroom facilities. 

Many students have expressed their discontent with the policy, noting that it often requires them to seek permission from the counseling office to use that restroom. This additional hurdle has caused inconvenience and discomfort for students, who are now being forced to navigate a bureaucratic process in order to access a basic necessity. 

The lack of access to bathrooms has raised questions about the school administration's priorities and decision-making processes. Students are wondering what steps are being taken to address their concerns and ensure that they have access to restroom facilities when needed. Many are calling on school officials to reconsider the policy and make changes that better serve the needs of the student body.

In addition to seeking answers from the school administration, students are also wondering what action the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is taking in response to the situation at Kennedy. As a member of SCUSD, our school falls under the district's jurisdiction, making it crucial for district officials to take a proactive approach in addressing the concerns raised by students.

As frustrations continue to mount, it is clear that action must be taken to address the bathroom policy at Kennedy

A map of open/closed bathrooms on campus from mid-January, 2024.

. Students are demanding transparency, accountability, and a commitment to meeting their basic needs. It remains to be seen how school and district officials will respond to these calls for change, but one thing is certain – the voices of students must be heard and their concerns taken seriously. 

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Miriam Benitez
Miriam Benitez
Apr 16

We could call this child abuse since they are forcing children to hold out in the bathroom and they may have other health complications.

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