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Stillwater Area High School to reopen some bathrooms

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May 09, 2019 05:17 PM

Stillwater Area High School is set to reopen some bathrooms after closing several last month due to issues with vaping and vandalism.

In a letter sent to families, the school said beginning Monday, three additional bathrooms will be open during class time. The letter says those bathrooms will be located in the upstairs C wing on the main corridor, upstairs E wing on the main corridor and downstairs D wing on the main corridor.

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Bathrooms in the Science and World Language wings will remain closed, the letter says.

The update from the school says since the closed bathrooms policy was implemented, there has been a "significant" drop in the number of vaping violations and zero vandalism incidents.

Related: Some bathrooms locked at Stillwater High School after issues with vaping, vandalism

Students will have to get a pass from class to use the bathroom, the letter says, and the following protocols will be reinforced:

  • Students must have teacher permission
  • Teachers will limit student passes to one student at a time
  • Teachers will limit student passes during the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of class
  • Students must leave their cellphones in their classroom with the teacher

It also says students who commit vaping violations or vandalism will have individual pass restrictions and won't be allowed to access passes out of class without a staff escort.

The decision to reopen some of the bathrooms comes after many students and parents were upset with the school for closing bathrooms.

At the time, Principal Robert C. Bach said some students didn't feel comfortable going to the bathroom with the negative behavior happening, so to make students feel safe, they decided to divert traffic away from the more secluded restrooms.

Bathrooms are unlocked between periods. Plus, a select few are open during class near the offices.

Bach said in the letter that the conversation that's taken place over the past few weeks has been "healthy, positive, and productive," and said school officials will continue to talk with student and staff leaders to consider other ideas and solutions.

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