My policy was always to sign out and sign back in. One boy and one girl were allowed to go at a time and take a pass. I realized after the first week that some kids were gone for up to 20 minutes at a time multiple times a day. Some kids were gone six to eight times a day. So I restricted bathroom breaks to one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We go as a class. If they have to go outside of that they can go during lunch and recess and waste their own time. My kids seem to think bathroom is play time and are causing trouble in the restrooms when I let them go alone. Other teachers and the principal are bringing my students back because they are throwing water, soap, fighting, or climbing on stalls! My wooden bathroom passes didn't make it a week because they got swung around and broke. Our bathrooms are on the other side of the school, and I think this contributes to a lot of the problem. Because the kids think I am so far away and won't check on them. I hate doing whole class bathroom breaks because they take away from instructional time and I need every precious minute because my students are lower than I expected in reading achievement. I really do not believe in restricting the bathroom so much. I feel like I am constantly saying NO. The kids are starting to figure out that if they tell me their stomach hurts that I will let them out. Or they will ask for water over and go to the bathrooms to play anyway. So now every child has a tummy ache. But I feel like I can not trust this group at all. This is the most dishonest group of 7-8 year olds that I have ever met. You would not believe some of the sneaky things I have caught them doing! I have called their parents and this has not helped the situation. Last week I had two students get up and run out of my room when I wasn't looking and I had to get administration involved to bring them back to my room. Does anyone have any better ideas?