So yesterday I had two students come up, one asks to go to the restroom, so I give her the pass, but for some reason another one thinks she is going along with her too. They're not supposed to do this, so I tell them one at a time. And then all of a sudden, one of them wants to go to the counselor instead. Then one of the pair tells me "I can't keep her friend from going to the counselor". So I tell her that her friend can go to the counselor once she gets back from the rest room. They didn't like this idea, and it was clear they were determined to leave class together for whatever reason. I'm guessing they know they are supposed to only go to the restroom one student out at a time, but they have figured out that sometimes another student can leave independently of the "restroom rotation" provided they are going somewhere else other than the restroom i.e. nurse, another teachers class, counselor, front office, etc. So this got me thinking about students in and out of the class. After yesterday it's gotten clear to me that when students say they have to go up to the office, counselor, or another class, many times they are simply lying and trying to skip out on class for a bit. Of course much of the time it’s a good student with a sincere request to go somewhere. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two at times. Sometimes the teacher will tell me in her notes that the students will not need to go anywhere other than the restroom or nurse, and other times nothing is left in regards to this. I guess on one hand, if the teacher leves you nothing in regards to this, being very strict about student in and outs is the safest bet, and how I usually do things. But then on the other, sometimes the students who are lying and skipping out for a bit, are students who if in class might be causing disturbances, talking, or engaging in horseplay, etc. So really if they remove themselves from the class to go the counselor or front office or wherever, it makes my job a little easier since they are not disturbing the class and I don't have to discipline them or kick them out myself. Anyways just some thoughts I was thinking about after my day yesterday and was wondering how some of you view and handle student traffic in and out.