West Linn High School football coach Ron Chappell said he's noticed a trend over the years among his players who cleanse after practice. Sometimes, parents get into the act as well. It will then be either approved or deleted. Gym classes at Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, for example, are 48 minutes long, giving the students four minutes before and after to change clothes. Psychologists and educators say kids also are more sensitive about body image partly because they live in a world saturated by the media's idea of perfection. No single event forced schools to drop the shower requirement, although there was a legal challenge in Pennsylvania in the early s.
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Shower together at school? No way, dude
The same is true nationally. In fact, Oregon schools haven't required showers for at least a decade. Longtime physical education teachers say the decline began more than a decade ago and may have started when schools cut back on laundering towels to save money. They generally have a negative self-image, she said. Comments that we consider abusive, spammy, off-topic, or harassing will be removed.