School bathrooms staying closed for now
Yesterday many of you discussed the closure of some bathrooms at Montgomery Blair High School during lunch because there are not enough security folks to patrol the facilities.
The post said that acts of vandalism that occurred during lunch had led to the policy, forcing kids to find other bathrooms or simply wait until access to the toilets was given again.
A story in the student newspaper on Monday reported that he principal, Darryl Williams, had told the president of the Student Government Association, Alex Bae, that he hoped the bathrooms could be opened soon.
But a message sent to parents today by Pete Lafen, co-president of the Parent Student Teachers Association, made it clear that there would be no immediate reopening of the bathrooms.
According to the email from Lafen, the closure occurred because of ongoing vandalism and a shortage of security due to illness and retirement.
“Blair security was aware that there was a problem in the upstairs bathrooms during lunch, including destructive vandalism and extensive graffiti. This problem was compounded when staffing dropped by two because of one illness and one retirement, and left them with defaced and non-functional bathrooms, and an inability to effectively monitor the upstairs bathrooms during lunch.
“This is not a situation that should continue for very long. Substitute security staff and new hires are both being sought to cover the staffing shortfall, and building services is working on restoring the appearance and functionality of the damaged, defaced bathrooms.
“When you hear from your student about bathroom conditions, shortages of paper supplies, non-functioning sinks or toilets, or worse, please pass those reports immediately to Blair’s building services manager....”
Here’s one solution a reader sent:
Posted by: thornegp2626 | December 3
“Used to be when there were problems with bathrooms vandalism, the principal selected kids to show up on Saturdays to fix and clean them up. He didn’t always get the culprits, but soon all the kids realized they had a share in keeping the vandals down. The solution isn’t always throwing money, guards, locks at a problem!!!
Some of you thought the bathroom closure was a mistake; others thought it was exactly what the kids deserved. Have the new details made any of you change your minds?
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| December 3, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
Categories: Montgomery County Public Schools | Tags: Montgomery County Public Schools
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