A school is being investigated after a note showed a teacher limiting students' bathroom and nurse trips
A Memphis school is currently under investigation after a piece of paper emerged from one of the students detailing a strict "hall pass" policy. The note showed how a "Mrs White" would only allow her 8th-grade students two opportunities to visit the bathroom, nurse, or to get a drink of water per month.
The school is currently under investigation after a picture of the note from the charter school was widely shared online. One of the parents from Aspire Hanley Middle School first posted the note on Facebook. It was taken down after attracting widespread outrage but has since been reposted across social media.
The note, dated 20 August 2018, is titled "Mrs White's 8th Grade Admin/Bathroom/Water/Nurse Pass". The teacher wrote out a set of rules for students, which states students must get the teacher's signature each time they wish to "go to the Bathroom, Nurse, speak with Admin or to get water".
If students exceed their number of "passes", the teacher wrote that they will be automatically be given detention and that their academic grades would also be affected.
"I understand that failure to comply with the Bathroom/Water/Nurse Pass will result in an Automatic Detention and a zero on whatever assignment I decide to walk out on."
It is also stated that students will not be permitted to leave the classroom for the entire month if they lose the pass.
The note has sparked outrage online, with some pointing out that female students in the 8th-grade age-range of 13-14 years might be having to deal with periods for the first time.
"Hall passes" are not uncommon in the US, with some recalling unpleasant memories of their own experiences with them.
Others, however, came to the teacher's defence, noting that it was probably the outcome of a "very frustrating" situation.
The school's regional director told BuzzFeed News: "there is no policy in place at our school that restricts students’ access to the bathroom or to the nurse’s office."
The note appears to be of the teacher's own creation, and she even refers to herself as "petty". She invites students to discuss the policy with her outside of school hours, though emphasises that "nothing will change".
According to LocalMemphis.com, the school's superintendent Nickalous Manning said that an internal investigation is underway.
"On August 29, 2018, it was discovered that 8th grade students at Hanley Middle School were given a document restricting bathroom and nurse visits that was inconsistent with our school's actual policies, our mission, and our values," the charter school said in a statement.
"We are currently reviewing the circumstances under which the document was prepared," they assured, adding that the students' wellbeing has always been a "priority".
"To reinforce these values, we convened our full team today to review all relevant policies and procedures. We will continue to work with our teachers and staff to ensure all school policies and values are consistently maintained in each classroom."
The investigation is ongoing.