So I have been given not quite a criticism, but definitely an expression of my school norm: I work with some people who are really weird about bathroom breaks, and they're driving me to the point I'm afraid to let my students go to the bathroom. I'll get comments about "Li'l Jimmy was walking to the bathroom again!" and such n such. For me, bathroom breaks are really something I don't want to make a huge deal about. Go to the bathroom, don't create chaos doing so, and I'll probably ask you to wait if it's during a lesson or close to a break. I also have two students with ADHD-like symptoms, if I may be so bold to venture an armchair diagnosis. They are by far my most frequent bathroom seekers. They're fairly timely with their bathroom breaks and there is no complaints about them behaving badly in the halls... just comments about the fact they are going. I have heard and seem some anecdotes about ADHD students needing more bathroom breaks for whatever reason. Yes, I try to be reasonable about it and I do ask if it's an emergency. But, golly, I really am not comfortable with the idea of being so controlling over a little kid's bathroom needs. Especially these two, who I think legitimately need either the actual bathroom attendance or just the mental and physical break of the walk. Besides, these are first graders and I do believe not all of them have mastered the bladder. For better or for worse, my school is quite conscious of instructional time, which I personally respect. I think that might be part of the "Mrs. Backroads, did you know Li'l Jimmy went to the bathroom?!" Well, that's my rant. Does anyone have a good argument for being so fussy about bathroom breaks?