OMG! This is my first year teaching 2nd grade and these two little issues are driving me nuts!!! First, going to the bathroom...What is your procedure? At first I was taking the whole class, and although they're well-behaved, it just seems to take so long! I do set a timer and set goals, but just the whole process is a pain in the 'you know what.' Then, I decided to let them go two at a time during Morning Meeting, which was disruptive and confusing. Finally, I told them they could go as long as the pass was available, and I wasn't teaching. Well, so were the other 2nd grade classes and they got in trouble by another teacher for playing around, even though they knew the first complaint I got would be the end of this privilege. Now, we're back to whole group. The administration won't let them go during lunch/recess because the bathrooms aren't supervised, and they can't go during specials because they only get that special once-a-week. Now what? I have some students who need to go literally 5 times on some days! Any and all responses are appreciated! Next, the nurse! I'm amazed at how much they ask to go to the nurse! It's funny when they do go, they come back miraculously cured. I don't want to dismiss the fact that they're tummy hurts or whatever, and it's usually because they're hungry or something, but it's getting ridiculous. I don't want parents to get upset because I didn't let their child go to the nurse, so I'm not sure what to do. I don't have children, so I'm having a hard time deciphering when it's necessary to send them to the nurse (besides the obvious emergency). Any thoughts? Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to give a clear picture (hopefully) of my situation. Thank you in advance!