I started teaching at a new school this year and it is school policy not to let 4th-6th graders use the restroom during class. They get 2 breaks a day and can go before, after school, at lunch and recess. Depending on the class there may be up to 3 hours between visits. My class has almost 3 hours after lunch to dismissal so they often have to go bad by dismissal. We give them two emergency passes per semester and if they use them that is it. We were told to be firm and just say no and if they use their pass, tell them that once they use them up they will not be allowed to go. I have students that have already used their passes so I tell them no. I made an exception for one student because she had stomach issues. We are also told to deny request to the nurse the first time they ask unless they visibly sick or have special needs. I had whining, crying and begging the first few weeks, but no accidents or complaints from parents. They are pretty strict with the younger grades too, but not like the older kids. I have to admit that it is nice not having several students go everyday, but wonder if this policy is harmful to them. My department head says it's good discipline for them. So do you think the policy is too strict and do you ever deny request for the bathroom?