By: Lugard Mohan

The restrooms in our schools are supposed to be a clean and healthy environment for us all, even the teachers. As we know, they are cleaned but not as often as we would like because during the day they become really dirty and can be very uncomfortable for many who want to use them. The restrooms should be cleaned more to benefit our comfort in school and everyone’s health.  

When we return to school, there is a plan for changes.  The PBP has provided us with enough money to put towards improvements in our school restrooms. PBP stands for Participatory Budgeting Project and is a process of decision-making, in which people/citizens decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent to improve the city or certain neighborhood. 

The government has provided us with $2000 dollars to make improvements to our school and one of those improvements is the state of the restrooms. We have decided to use $500 dollars towards this change. 

Benefits of improving the Restrooms

  • Improving sanitation; Germs, bacteria, and illnesses from person to person often spread via contact with unclean restroom fixtures, including toilets, urinals, sinks, and paper-product dispensers.
  • Greater comfort; A fresh, attractive restroom provides a more comfortable environment for the user and eases concerns that accompany using unsanitary or stale-smelling facilities.
  • Easier access; This is especially for those who are disabled. Accessible restrooms generally are more attractive and comfortable for all users. Many organizations even go beyond the letter of the law as owners and managers benefit from the resulting positive public relations.
  • Lower cost; They can reduce water use, due to better-controlled flow times and volumes or the installation of waterless fixtures. Cleaner restrooms can lower costs by improving user health.

Adjustments to our restrooms

The adjustments we would like to make towards our Restrooms are to improve sanitation by getting more detergents to clean it regularly, making sure the toilet stalls are cleaned every day, soaps will be available, and the tissues will always be there, ready to use. Also adding mirrors to the restrooms in MAST is another adjustment we would like to install since we believe that many people feel the need to make sure they look good and are fixed properly before leaving the restroom. 

Why we should improve the Restrooms in our school

According to “Well-designed school restrooms can enhance student health, deter misbehavior, and conserve resources.” When a school washroom is kept clean and well-maintained, students are more likely to make an effort to keep it that way. “The negative impact of poorly maintained school restrooms is clearly significant and spreads beyond the bathroom doors to the entire school,” Jon Dommisse said, director of strategy and corporate development for Bradley Corp.