Bathroom Sign Out Procedures: A Bright Idea :)

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How do you know who leaves the room to go to the restroom?  I've tried numerous ideas over the years.  I've had my students put a cup or other item on their desk, I've used hall passes (which to me is kinda gross considering where it is going), and I've had students sign out on a clip board.

Last year, I found these cute little melamine plates on sale at Hobby Lobby and decided that they would be the perfect "sign out" signs to hang in the room.

Do you see the Expo marker hanging on the door frame (by magnet, of course)?  My boys sign out on the blue plate and my girls sign out on the pink plate using this Expo marker.

This way, at a quick glance, I can see who has left the room to go to the bathroom.  My students also know not to ask to go to the bathroom if there is a name on the plate.  So, when students return, they erase their name from the plate (which is why there is a pom pom hot glued to the cap of the Expo marker) and then another student is free to ask.

Short and simple tip, but it works for me!  I hope you found it helpful!

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    1. I do know! And, I love your Bright Idea this month, too :)

  2. I'm glad you can use it! feel free to steal away ;)

  3. So simple...yet so awesome! How the heck have I missed this in your room! I'll be on the lookout for some cute plates. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Oh I love this so much!!! You made me laugh with your comment about the pass since that's what always holds me back from using those. But this? This is perfect!! Those plates are too cute too. Thanks for adding to my summer-project list...I love these kind of projects :) :)

  5. So super cute, we have been having some yucky bathroom problems and admin wants us to have a sign out but it is hard to keep up with. This will be a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    A Primary Owl

  6. That is a great idea! I feel the the same way about the passes. You never know where those things wind up. Gross! You could really use this for anything..... when kids get pulled for speech, working with the reading specialist, going to the media center! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    A+ Classroom Creations

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  8. Haha I don't use passes either - ew! I like how this has a visual for students. I feel like I am always saying "when so and so gets back, you can go" The plates are definitely cute too. Love it!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple