A Cincinnati elementary school is facing backlash for posting a sign on the school's wall stating that children are only allowed one pass per week to get a drink of water, and if they disobey that rule they will be penalized, according to Fox 8.
"You're not going to fail my kid because he's thirsty and he wants a drink," a parent of a Carson Elementary School student said.
The sign said that students will have points deducted from their grades if they go for a drink of water more than once a week, which is completely absurd. According to Cincinnati Public Schools, the sign was a "misunderstanding" about district policies and has since been removed.
The message read: "Getting a drink by permission only. That means you must ask the teacher before going out into the hall for a drink. You will get one pass per week to get a drink of water after that points will be deducted from your grade."
Parents have every right to be concerned about this "misunderstanding."
"If my kid's playing in the gym room and he's hot and sweaty and he asks for a drink and he goes to get a drink are they going to deduct a point from him?" asked the father of a Carson Elementary student.
In light of the outrage, Cincinnati Public Schools released the following statement: "There was a sign posted at Carson Elementary intended to remind students when it is appropriate to ask to leave class for a water fountain break. The sign's directive was outside school policy, a result of a misunderstanding about the school's procedures. When school officials learned about this, the sign was removed. Students are permitted to ask for permission to leave class for needed restroom or water breaks at no risk to their grades."
Students do tend to horseplay in school hallways, but that's just the nature of children. As educators, they have to accept that it comes with the territory. Trying to set strict boundaries that can affect children's health is not the way to solve the issue.