I recognize that there was a thread on this topic a few months back (http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?threads/how-do-teachers-take-bathroom-breaks.200374/), but I want to raise the question again, slightly differently. It's an oddly personal topic to discuss with strangers on the internet, but I feel alone in my concern at my school. I have a 4 hour 10 min period from when students begin arriving in the morning until lunch. Although I have two different classes of students during that time, I'm supervising students the entire time. Every morning, on my drive to work, I start having anxiety about needing to use the bathroom during that block of time and being unable to do so. Sure, I can always ask a teacher next door - and I do, when it's a true emergency. However, it's hard to ask the same two people to step into my room on a daily basis, particularly when they are in the middle of teaching a whole group lesson, as our lessons aren't always occurring at exactly the same times. Since I don't want to bother them every single day, I've started to just not drink so much water nor have a smoothie for breakfast (I usually drink A LOT more liquid than the average person, and I've been pretty healthy because of it.). Ever since I made that change to fewer liquids, I can tell a physical difference in my body. I feel dehydrated, exhausted, and, well, let's just say yucky in my tummy - much more than usual. I know the problem is that I'm not drinking enough water. But, if I do drink enough water, I'm going to have to use the bathroom during that block of time... It's not going to be every once in awhile; it's going to be every single day, sometimes twice during that block of time but usually only once (I guess I know my body well). My problem is that, when I've broached the topic with my colleagues to see if we can come up with a solution that works for everyone or to find out what others do, I seem to be the only person who is concerned about it (Am I really the only person who has to use the bathroom this often on a regular basis??). If I choose to properly hydrate myself, I know that I will need someone scheduled to give me a break every single day at some point during that block of time. Asking a teacher next door to step in every single day just doesn't seem like the right thing to do... or does it? No one ever asks me to step in for them that often, so I just feel like either something is wrong with my body or I'm making a bad choice by trying to stay hydrated and healthy. I guess I'm looking for advice on what to do... This is impacting my daily morning anxiety to a level that doesn't seem healthy nor appropriate... nor fair. Do I talk to my doctor? Talk to my principal? Just ask the teacher next door every single day? I mean, I love my school, but it just doesn't seem right to expect human beings to dehydrate themselves or "hold it" for that long. The longest I've ever had to wait at any other school was three hours, and I thought that was pushing it. Please help.