Correction: The restrooms that were closed today have reopened. At the time of writing this story, they weren’t.
When students in the annex need to go to the bathroom, they have different experiences depending on whether they have to use the men’s or women’s restroom. Assistant principal Ivan Johnson said the men’s restroom in the new building has been out of order for more than a month, both upstairs and his upstairs, as students broke down and soiled parts.
The new bathroom is “very nice” [and] Mirrors are great for taking pictures,” said senior Maggie Soto. “And the toilet is new, so you don’t have to touch it…because it has sensors to know when to flush.”
For boys, it is inconvenient and time consuming to go to another building just to use the restroom. “When the upper and lower bathrooms become a mess…[the ]Plumbing and students messing it up, it’s kind of a hassle. The gym’s restrooms may also be locked, so you’ll have to make your way to the lunchroom, possibly missing 10-20 minutes of class. said junior Andrew Pondexter.
40 seconds at normal walking pace from journalism classroom room 726 to the new bathroom, 2 minutes 20 seconds to the gym lobby (which may be locked), 2 minutes 40 seconds total. The closest bathroom in Upper Kander.
“It’s harmful. You can’t go to the bathroom when you want,” said Junior Jimmy Shull. “I can’t free myself. I have to walk halfway up the building to use the bathroom.”
Not sure when it will be fixed. Sometimes two or three months. so we don’t know. Once I have those parts, I’m ready to fix them. It’s all new construction so it takes time,” Johnson said.
The men’s restrooms in the new wing are just a small part of what West Paw students are failing to make the most of their environment. Mr Johnson emphasizes that students should be more proud of our school. “This is our school. It’s not just the janitor who cleans up. Everyone should be proud. If everyone is proud of the school, we don’t have to worry about closing the restrooms.”