‘We failed in this situation’: Kansas school district reviews bathroom policy after child’s accident

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GODDARD, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas mother is speaking out after her child came home Tuesday with a bathroom accident she feels could have been prevented.

The Goddard School District agreeing that they failed the student in the situation.

The district tells KSN News they have no restroom rule on use, but are now reviewing policies. To share this story, we are keeping the student’s mother anonymous, to protect the young girl’s identity.

“She’s like mom, I had an accident today, and then she just starts bawling,” said the mother.

It’s what this Goddard parent heard from her daughter Tuesday after school. She says when she asked her daughter what happened, she too was upset.

“She had asked this teacher twice if she could go to the bathroom,” said the mother.

The mother says a substitute teacher at Amelia Earhart Elementary School told her daughter the first time, let’s finish our work and go as a class. And says when she asked a second time, she was asked if she could hold it and that they were almost done with class work.

“Let’s finish our social studies, and then we will go as a classroom, that point in time the accident occurred,” said the mother.

She says her daughter took her jacket and wrapped it around her waist, hoping no one would notice, and took the bus home from school that day.

“Sit there and hope and pray that nobody is noticing anything on her, or smelling it from her, I don’t have enough words to explain the type of emotions that ran through me as a mom,” said the mother.

“Yesterday, we failed in this situation, we’re very sorry this incident took place, we can and we will do better,” said Dane Baxa, Goddard Public Schools.

Baxa says they don’t have a blanket policy on bathroom use but want to make sure every student has access, and they are working with staff on the issue.

“Some teachers might have different practices, but agai,n we’re looking at that across the district to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” said Baxa.

The mother hopes her family’s story can help other students and school districts.

“If you know they need to go they need to be allowed that right,” said Baxa.

Baxa says they have counselors available and are working with students connected to the incident to make sure they feel comfortable in school. He could not say what happened to the substitute teacher.

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