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Updated District-wide Bathroom Procedures, Technology Set in Place

Students, staff share opinions about bathroom rules
Amelia Castellanos
Being new to the school and its policies, freshman Cameron Kefale signs out of the class to use the restroom. He has found these rules to be helpful with shaping school safety. “I think that the bathroom policies are actually pretty good,” Kefale said. “Let’s say someone does something bad while they are gone, this rule helps them [staff] know who was in the bathroom at that time.”

Since the start of this year, student policies have changed to prevent further issues with behavior.

Last year, many teachers were concerned about incidents in the bathrooms caused by students. As a result, the Clark County School District has installed an app on the Chromebook’s called Five Stars Students to enforce new regulations. 

“They [students] would go to the bathroom and not come back. When you’re teaching, it’s hard to remember when somebody left your classroom,” Levy said. “Five Star Students is a piece of software [CCSD] just purchased so that it’s supposed to take the worry from the teachers.” 

The school’s goal is to increase the campus’ sense of security while attempting to be more proactive rather than reactive.

 “We want to make sure the student restrooms are safe environments and used for the purpose that they are supposed to be used for,” Assistant Principal Cameron Roehm said. “Having extra security throughout the school helps with identifying situations, even sometimes before they happen.” 

Junior Hillary Costa believes the new regulations are a good way to catch people who engage in such behavior in the restroom and contribute to a more organized environment at the school.

“It’s just going to the bathroom when you need to go to the bathroom and not anything else,” Costa said. “It’s not really an optional place for a meetup, where everyone does their business. So maybe these reinforcements are fine. I would like to keep them.” 

Although several agree that the new bathroom restrictions are beneficial, there are a handful of others who do not believe it will resolve the behavioral issues. 

 “I honestly don’t know if the cameras and the detectors are helping a lot,” sophomore Johnathan O’Connor said. “It doesn’t influence me much but I think that people will still do things other than going to the bathroom and doing their business.” 

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    TaylorSep 25, 2023 at

    Great story!

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    DevinSep 25, 2023 at

    This news story is amazing! I love how it depicts how important bathroom policies are. Amelia uses the best vocabulary.