Today I am showing my restroom procedures for (9-12) kids. This came out of a problem that I had last year. (Too many kids needed to use the bathroom every day and they miss too much work. They are also gone for prolonged periods and would ask for passes at the most innapropriate times.)
This procedure allows for each student to be responsible.
It gives me a code so I know WHY someone has his or her hand raised.
I can take care of the situation quickly without disrupting the flow of the class.
As for the grand prize...(I found some cheap electronic organizers( 12-20 bucks at drugstores/grocery stores/office stores.) I am only buying one every nine weeks so 48-80 dollars for peace and quiet around bathroom procedures (for 200 teenagers)is worth it.
You will find a copy of my procedure list/signed form below as well as my clip art bathroom passes underneath that.
(STUDENTS HAVE 11 CHANCES TO USE THE RESTROOM DURING AN 8 HOUR DAY. STUDENTS DO NOT ALWAYS NEED TO USE THE RESTROOM DURING ART CLASS.)
-It seems that many people commenting have not taken into account that many schools REQUIRE hall passes. My school does. The hall pass must be the appropriate color (which changes without warning) it must have: THE SUDENT'S NAME, TIME, DATE, TEACHERS SIG, CLASS LEFT AND DESTINATION.
-I do not have a restroom available in my classroom. I wish I did. I also wish I worked in a school where kids were able to go where they wanted and that they would be eaisly trusted by the school faculty.
-But I face reality and deal with the fact that sex in the bathrooms is a big issue. Sexual assault in the bathroom is a big issue. Drug deals, drug use and drug violence in the hallways and bathroom is also a problem.
-My school has adult hall monitors trained to take students down to the ground if need be. Does this sound like the kind of school that would allow me to just let my kids walk in and out of class?
-I have rules I must follow and hall passes are required. My admin says restroom passes are at the discretion of the teacher. Many of my coworkers NEVER give passes. I have chosen this method because it gives the students freedom to choose when they leave. If they are given a limit they know they will only be leaving for emergencies.
-If a student has a medical condition than the conditon is noted in his or her file. If it is a new problem than a doctors note is required, I don't need to know why but I do need to know there is a problem. (This was the standard at the high school I attended as well.)
-Yes, I am a female and no, I don't need to change feminine products every fifty minutes. If a girl does need to change products that frequently it is a medical issue and you can refer to the above information.
-I am not allowed to leave my room to use the restroom when I want. I cannot leave my students unattended and I find it unprofessional. During a serious illness I did need to vomit and I called the office and waited for an admin to come and watch my class while I puked and took tylenol for my fever that had come up. That is the ethics of a job.
-I respect my students enough not to let them make excuses. They know darn well what is expected and I have high standards. The students don't mind the system and it works well.
-For the people that dont use hall passes I say, congratulations. I would love to get rid of them. They are required and so I use this system.