I am a LTS in 4th/5th grade. I'm starting the year for the regular classroom teacher, but she will be coming back in about a month. As a result, I'm trying to keep the classroom policies as similar to her policies as possible. Her policy for leaving the classroom for bathroom/drink/office/etc is to stand by the door and wait for the teacher to acknowledge that they can leave. They need to sign out, write their name and where they are going, and sign back in when they return. I thought this was reasonable, and it's a system the students are used to, so I implemented it. We just finished our 3rd day of school, and I felt like students were constantly needing to go out of the classroom. I checked back through the sign out sheet, and they are completely abusing the policy! I had one student sign out to go to the bathroom 8 times in one day. That doesn't even include the 2 times we take bathroom breaks as a class. Unless this child has an undiagnosed medical condition that needs checked out, there is no reason for them to be using the bathroom 10 times in a seven hour school day. I want to create a new bathroom policy to get this under control now before it becomes routine. My thought was to take 3 group bathroom breaks during the day. One in the morning, one right before lunch, and one after lunch. I will also allow each student 2 bathroom passes for the day. I'm thinking about a similar policy for getting a drink, and allowing 2 office visits during the day as well. What type of bathroom policy do you use? Is there something that might work better?