The State of the Bathrooms

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The State of the Bathrooms

A hole in the bathroom wall.

A hole in the bathroom wall.

Photo Credit Blake Blanchard

A hole in the bathroom wall.

Photo Credit Blake Blanchard

Photo Credit Blake Blanchard

A hole in the bathroom wall.

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The bathrooms at Satellite have a problem: They currently sit in a state of disrepair and feel relatively unclean.

 

The sinks in the school are wildly inconsistent, either dispensing water normally or spraying it out at high pressure, leaving the water to splash out of the sink. The soap dispensers are in even worse shape: Many of the sinks there don’t even have soap in the dispenseronly the mount for casing. Why is this allowed to stand? It’s very unsanitary and a possible way for bacteria to spread, as some bathrooms literally have no soap for hand washing.

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A broken soap dispenser.

Another example of how run-down the bathrooms are are the hand dryers. While they do cut down on trash and eliminate the possibility of shoving used paper towels into a toilet and clogging it, they are not nearly as effective in their mission to dry hands as their paper counterparts. A number of these hand dryers are not even working—they don’t even turn on! This often leaves those using the bathroom having to dry their hands on their clothes in order to get the job done in a timely manner.

 

I will say, though, that the bathrooms feel a little more clean after most became inaccessible during lunch, as they no longer have discarded food left on the floor, in the toilets, or really anywhere. But, this results with the unintended consequences of forcing everyone into one restroom during lunch: accumulated mess in one bathroom and the “unexplainable” phenomena of groups of people hold long conversations inside the bathroom, not doing anything besides talking. This creates quite the awkward bathroom experience.

 

While I believe new policies concerning the bathrooms have helped improve their quality, they are certainly not enough to resolve the issues caused by their age and damage in the past.