A few days ago I was subbing in an elementary school. In the morning I had introduced myself to the neighboring teacher and I asked her about how this particular school handles bathroom breaks. She told me to call the office because teachers are not allowed to step out of their classrooms, not even to go into the hallway. In this case, to "keep an eye on" a neighboring class. She said that teachers may loose their license if they are caught doing this. I told her I was surprised and that I didn't know. Anyhow, I have IBS, and I will spare everyone the nasty details. I called the office,and asked for coverage for a bathroom break and the receptionist said that she couldn't find and administrator to cover for me because certified office staff cannot cover for certificated employees. To top it off she said, "We don't have extra people floating around for those things." Needless to say I waited another 45 minutes feeling nauseous and miserable and questioning whether teaching is really the profession for me. For elementary teachers, how does your school handle this issue?