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Are toilet policies in schools legal?

Are toilet policies in schools legal?

School pupils’ right to leave a classroom to use the toilet has hit the headlines recently. In one case, a girl was left to bleed through her clothes after being refused permission to go to the toilet while she was menstruating. 

Policies vary with some mainstream schools allowing access to toilets during set break times unless a medical certificate is provided, other schools issue toilet passes which can require a medical certificate, while others leave it to the individual teacher’s discretion.

Schools have argued some pupils were going to the toilet too frequently as an avoidance or disruption tactic, affecting not only their own education but that of their fellow pupils.

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