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Posted on October 10, 2012 10:53 am
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Courtney Morra
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Your Pants Are Not A Potty
If you have student that is continuously having accidents in their pants and you have already spoken to the parents what else can you do? Is it right to get an administrator involved?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 16, 2012 9:09 am

NaZyde
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Yes, it is time to get an administrator or the school nurse involved. Over wetting of the pants can be a medical condition or could be a sign of abuse. If the parents aren't willing to offer solutions, it is time to ask for help.
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Jenna Herberson
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I agree, it is in the students benefit.
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Solution 2
Posted October 11, 2012 12:59 pm

ynudaq
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I would have a talk with the child first before getting others involved to see if you guys can work something out. If not I would talk to the parents again and see if you can come up with a solution. I would try using a reward system for each day the child doesn't have an accident.
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Edward Gibbs
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I would use this solution. I like the idea of the reward system.
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Solution 3
Posted October 11, 2012 2:42 pm

Vivian Winston
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It all depends on the age of the child. If the child is in kindergarten, then an accident every now and then is somewhat normal. But if the child is any older then there is obviously something else going on. The child may be acting out to get attention or it could be a medical issue. I would continue to talk with the parents and just inform them how concerned you are. If the problem continues, I would speak with the AP about it. The AP may be able to get more results from speaking to the parents than the teacher.
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Edward Gibbs
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I like this solution. And it all depends on the age. I think getting the AP involved after a couple more attempts with the parents is a good idea.
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Solution 4
Posted October 16, 2012 11:06 am

BeLyGe
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This issue is very distracting in a class therefore it should be prevented. I would have potty breaks between each subject change, after a lunch or snack break too. As well as a hand signal in my class that shows me in a non verbal communication way that it is an emergency potty break that I can acknowledge at any moment. Also when speaking to the parents make sure they send extra clothese on a daily basis with the student.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2013 9:26 pm

TaHazy
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There are a few pieces of information that may be helpful in this case: the age of the child, and is there a pattern or routine that this happens around. Like--does this only happen after PE or recess?

If this is a very young student,an accident here or there happens. Most VPK kids are recently potty trained and still have very small bladders. I would increase bathroom visits and remind the student to go try at transition times and see if this helps.


If the child is in first grade or higher-- I would speak with the parents again letting them know that it is not acceptable in a elementary age child to be doing this habitually. They need to help you get this situation taken care of as it is not sanitary for the child or the rest of the students.

I would also ask that they provide a baggy with--a clean outfit just in case their shirt gets messy as well as underwear and pants, and also provide wet wipes for them to clean themselves with. (You may also try for some LYSOL wipes to clean the seat at his desk.)

If this continues I would let guidance and administration know as it is not typical behavior in school aged children. Accidents happen, but if they are constant--there may be something more serious behind them such as medical need or possibly abuse.
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Solution 6
Posted October 10, 2012 3:42 pm

uNaBeZ
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Depending on the age of the child, I would speak to the child and try to find out why they are soiling their pants. Is it situational? Or is it a medical issue? If the problem persists, I would contact Administration for their support. After speaking with them, I would reach out to the parents again in hopes something will change. Again, contact Administration letting them know the results.

When speaking with Administration, I would ask to know the school policy for handling this type of situation. When dealing with the student, always treat them with respect and never make them feel bad about their accident. Maybe there is an issue with the student and he or she does not feel the urge.
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Solution 7
Posted October 14, 2012 7:39 pm

JemyWe
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If that was my student, I would want to talk with them first before going to the administration. You do not want to embarass the child or make them feel uncomfortable. Have the student take bathroom breaks on a regular schedule. When they come to school and sometime before or after lunch. I also would make sure that the there is some type of reward system for this student. When they remember to use the bathroom, give them something that will be meaningful to them.
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Solution 8
Posted October 16, 2012 9:38 am

edaPab
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I would talk to the parents again, and if the problem just keeps coming up, I would then talk to administration. It could be a serious problem at home or something more and it needs to be solved with the right help if the parents cannot.
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Solution 9
Posted February 22, 2013 3:31 pm

ypedeD
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Just like potty training a child, it may be necessary to set a timer in the classroom to remind the student to go to the bathroom. Set the timer for like 20 minutes and when the bell rings, allow the student to go to the bathroom. Again, just like potty training, this will train the childs brain to go potty more often. They will eventually learn that they only have to go when they really have to go.
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Solution 10
Posted October 15, 2012 4:21 pm

GeJese
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I would speak privately to the student about the situation. Since this is a persistent issue, I think I would let this child go to the restroom whenever they needed to. I would reach out to the parents again, to let them know that this situation is still happening.
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Solution 11
Posted December 9, 2012 6:33 pm

Shankeil Tarver
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In a situation like this you should first talk to the student to see why he is always having these accidents. Allow the student to come to you every time he have to go potty and allow him to go to the restroom. If this doesn't help, meet with the parent again to see if the child have any medical issues.
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erugyn
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I agree, also maybe offering this student the option to not even have to come to you to potty. Allowing them to just go when they need to with some sort of hand signal. One teacher I work with has students raise one finger for water 2 for potty and 3 for a pencil sharpen. It works well for the students to be able to ask for things without interrupting.
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Solution 12
Posted February 26, 2013 9:19 pm

TaHazy
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There are a few pieces of information that may be helpful in this case: the age of the child, and is there a pattern or routine that this happens around. Like--does this only happen after PE or recess?

If this is a very young student,an accident here or there happens. Most VPK kids are recently potty trained and still have very small bladders. I would increase bathroom visits and remind the student to go try at transition times and see if this helps.


If the child is in first grade or higher-- I would speak with the parents again letting them know that it is not acceptable in a elementary age child to be doing this habitually. They need to help you get this situation taken care of as it is not sanitary for the child or the rest of the students.

I would also ask that they provide a baggy with--a clean outfit just in case their shirt gets messy as well as underwear and pants, and also provide wet wipes for them to clean themselves with. (You may also try for some LYSOL wipes to clean the seat at his desk.)

If this continues I would let guidance and administration know as it is not typical behavior in school aged children. Accidents happen, but if they are constant--there may be something more serious behind them such as medical need or possibly abuse.
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Solution 13
Posted February 26, 2013 9:26 pm

TaHazy
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There are a few pieces of information that may be helpful in this case: the age of the child, and is there a pattern or routine that this happens around. Like--does this only happen after PE or recess?

If this is a very young student,an accident here or there happens. Most VPK kids are recently potty trained and still have very small bladders. I would increase bathroom visits and remind the student to go try at transition times and see if this helps.


If the child is in first grade or higher-- I would speak with the parents again letting them know that it is not acceptable in a elementary age child to be doing this habitually. They need to help you get this situation taken care of as it is not sanitary for the child or the rest of the students.

I would also ask that they provide a baggy with--a clean outfit just in case their shirt gets messy as well as underwear and pants, and also provide wet wipes for them to clean themselves with. (You may also try for some LYSOL wipes to clean the seat at his desk.)

If this continues I would let guidance and administration know as it is not typical behavior in school aged children. Accidents happen, but if they are constant--there may be something more serious behind them such as medical need or possibly abuse.
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Solution 14
Posted April 18, 2013 6:38 pm

ZeNyJe
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I would have a talk with the student and set up a reward system so that after so many minutes or hours without an accident, a reward is given. This will motivate the student to try harder not to have accidents. I would also set a timer for every half hour or so to remind the student to use the bathroom in order to decrease the amount of accidents. I would suggest some of these strategies to the parents as well so that they are continuously implemented, not just at school.
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Edward Gibbs
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I do not agree with this solution. If the student is doing this for attention they may see the timer idea as a way to get out of class.
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Solution 15
Posted February 21, 2015 11:04 pm

eqeTys
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As a lot of other people have said, a lot of the potential solution depends on the age of the child. If they are young and it is still at an age where they need to be reminded to go to the bathroom, then I would increase bathroom break frequency and have the child go whether they feel like they have to or not. I also sometimes give rewards to my students (VPK aged and younger), but am careful not to overreward so that it becomes a game to them. If the child is older, I would first continue to take matters into my own hands and try to come to a solution with the student. If abuse is suspected, as a mandated report, you must absolutely report it. If not, though, and it is simply a lack of desire to leave an activity or a desire to get out of an activity, the student must realize that this is not an okay behavior. If it continues at that point, I would get an administrator, guidance counselor, or behavior specialist involved.
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Solution 16
Posted February 26, 2015 5:25 pm

yGyPaZ
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I would get an administrator involved. Depending on the age it could be a serious issue. Also set a certain time where you ask the child if he or she has to use the bathroom.
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Solution 17
Posted October 18, 2015 10:19 pm

Qanuna
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I don't know the age of the child, but many schools have a policy for kids under the age of four that they have to be potty trained and after a certain amount of accidents the child is asked to leave the school. I see this problem at my school where the parents are saying their child is potty trained when they really aren't. Ask the child if there is a secret signal he wants to do with you to let you know he/she has to use the potty. The child may not want to come up and ask.
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Solution 18
Posted October 6, 2018 5:43 pm

zazyny
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I assume this is happening in elementary school, in a lower level grade. and I think it might be best to schedule frequent breaks to the bathroom for the student to help remind them to go to the bathroom instead of having an accident. I would also stay in contact with the parents and see if the same issue is happening at home and possible what incentives they are using. I would also document all accidents and the students responses for them. If it continues I would also reach out to administration or the school counselor, since accidents can be assign of abuse.
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