Primary school toilets look like this
SwordToFlamethrower · 24/09/2018 21:27
My daughter is 9. God forbid she is one of the girls who start their period young. Not sure how girls age 9 to 11 at primary school are meant to manage their first ever periods with no privacy or dignity when they have to wash their blood soaked hands. The toilet area is open plan too, so anyone walking by can see right in. I took these photos on my way to a "meet the teacher" meeting today. I don't know if the school have checked the law on single sex toilets when they implemented this. I don't even know where to begin. I've been asked to leave it because it's not worth having a row with the school, seeing as they're underfunded as it is. AIBU to say "tough!" What should I do?
PorkFlute · 24/09/2018 21:29
Don’t most toilets have communal hand washing? I think it’s a bit odd that you photographed the kids toilets tbh
GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat · 24/09/2018 21:31
I’ve had my period for 22 years and never once have I had ‘blood soaked hands’
MacosieAsunter · 24/09/2018 21:31
All our local secondaries (that I've worked in) are like that too. It really isnt an issue. There has never been a 'blood soaked hands' situation.
GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat · 24/09/2018 21:32
And I’m surprised you weren’t asked to leave after taking photos of the toilets!
Barbie222 · 24/09/2018 21:32
Aren't most toilets like this when you're in an office, or public building? Strange thread.
tressdred · 24/09/2018 21:33
It seems unusual to me? All the schools I've been in have their own male and female toilets?
Lwmommy · 24/09/2018 21:33
I see no.problem with this, but then ive never had blood soaked hands from a period either, how does that even happen? At most you have a little blood on a finger and this can be wiped off with loo roll.
ShawshanksRedemption · 24/09/2018 21:33
Blood soaked hands? I'm not sure what part of the regulations you think this contravenes - there is a separate lockable cubicle for girls and boys so it doesn't go against the regs.
PorkFlute · 24/09/2018 21:33
Well occasionally you can get some blood on your hands changing a tampon in fairness. But as it’s wet it’s easily wiped off with tissue. No need to walk from the cubicle to the sinks dripping blood as you go 😂
clary · 24/09/2018 21:33
Yeah, I'm a bit baffled by the Lady Macbeth-ness of "blood-soaked hands".
Twotailed · 24/09/2018 21:34
I think that you need to prepare to do a better job than that of preparing your daughter for starting her period. I began mine at 10 and I never had to go anywhere with bloodstained hands. If you really think it would be an issue (despite how unusual it would be) you can give her wet wipes to keep in her bag. I also don’t think you should be photographing kids’ toilets (I can only assume it was after hours when the kids had gone home).
Keepingupwiththejonesys · 24/09/2018 21:34
I was an unlucky child that started my periods in primary school. Toilets very similar to that, it's the norm and it was and is fine. Blood soaked hands is the most Ott thing I've ever heard
PrincessScarlett · 24/09/2018 21:34
These toilets look lovely compared to the old fashioned, in desperate need of updating ones at my DCs school.
EleanorShellstrop · 24/09/2018 21:35
This is exactly the same as any school toilets I have ever seen. Sinks are always communal. And "blood soaked hands"? Seriously? If you get a little bit of blood on your hands you can just wipe it off with toilet paper, surely? And then wash properly afterwards.
CherryPavlova · 24/09/2018 21:35
They look a whole lot better than many school lavatories. Not sure there really are huge numbers of primary children haemorrhaging everywhere due to precocious puberty.
UhOh4321 · 24/09/2018 21:35
I've never had blood soaked hands but if a concern, give her a small pack of hand wipes so she can wipe them clean in the cubicle before coming out.
cricketmum84 · 24/09/2018 21:36
Ok if you have "blood soaked hands" when on your period then I think you have bigger problems than your kids school toilets!
EleanorShellstrop · 24/09/2018 21:36
The only bit I have an issue with is the pink for girls' toilets and blue for boys'. I thought schools had moved past that sort of stereotyping.
Seeingadistance · 24/09/2018 21:36
I've never come across toilets like this before, and I don't understand why others seem to think this is common. The layout isn't unusual - cubicles and sinks opposite, but the photos show that this is to be shared by boys and girls - see the signs above the cubicles.
seventhgonickname · 24/09/2018 21:36
At my dds primary the toilet doors didn't go down to the floor and had a big gap at the top.When dds periods started I talked to the teachers as there was also no bin.Dd was allowed to use the women teachers toilets with other girls who started early.
Ontheboardwalk · 24/09/2018 21:36
I’m personally not a fan of unisex toilets but accept they are the way we are moving forward so fair enough. I do think however that each cubicle should have a basin in the cubicle. There’s clearly enough room for this in these toilets.
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