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You remember the whole water bottle you drank during 1st period halfway through a test worth a quarter of your grade and, with reluctant permission from the teacher, you hurry to the nearest restroom only to find a sign with the fateful message: “closed”. This one word sends you on a ten-minute wild goose chase as you desperately try to find just one open bathroom on such a large campus.
Administration’s recent decision to close many of the bathrooms in the main building, leaving just one open bathroom per floor, has received much frustration and murmured backlash from students. In the midst of exams and end-of-year preparations, students are finding that the nearest bathroom to their class is now essentially across the school.
It is true that the decision to close restrooms wasn’t completely out of the blue. Incidents of misbehavior and skipping class caused administrators to crack down on bathrooms as potential hideouts. Unfortunately, for the majority of the student body, a bathroom is just a bathroom to be used for what it was intended for.
Students being forced to find bathrooms that may be open can take away from valuable learning time, especially as it is inconsistent as to whether a certain restroom is open or not. Of the many unavoidable situations that detract from educational time- from hurricanes to assemblies and pep rallies- using the restroom should not be one of them
As the year comes to a close, memorizing the location of every open restroom in the school is not exactly anyone’s idea of a good time. Reopening all working restrooms would be convenient and time-saving for both students and teachers.