When designing and buying either public or private school restroom partitions, think about it from all angles. Your budget is likely set in stone, but choosing wisely based on the needs and habits of students helps you make the most of it.
Remember ADA Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires accessible features throughout any school, including the restrooms. You’ll need to include wheelchair-accessible partitions, which are wider and longer than standard, into the design.
ADA compliance also means providing stable hand rails mounted inside accessible stalls. Choosing the most durable and sturdy construction available ensures that hand rails will stay intact and safe for all users.
Consider the Ages of Students
The age of students using the restroom will partly dictate partition design. Younger students are smaller, so locks and hand rails need to be lower than they would for students in middle or high school. Also, some studies show that elementary-age students may be uncomfortable using public restrooms, and try to avoid it for fear of embarrassment. Narrower gaps between doors and side panels, as No Site partitions offer, help give students more privacy.
Younger students may also make more of a mess in public and private school restrooms. Easy-care plastics and ceiling-mount partitions help make cleaning the restroom walls and floor easier.
Choose Durable Materials
Student restrooms can be a magnet for vandalism. Some materials, such as phenolic core, resist graffiti, so they’ll keep their good looks longer. Stainless steel is also a good choice in some areas. It can be scratched, but it can also be buffed out.
You might want to avoid materials that are too easy to scratch, such as enamel, in a public or private school restroom. A scratched enamel finish can’t be cleaned to look new again, and painting them adds to your maintenance costs.
Restroom Partitions can help you choose the right partitions for public or private school use. With a wide range of colors, materials, and mounting styles, you’ll find the right one for your school, the budget, and your students’ health and safety.