Every school and classroom has its own unique set of bathroom rules and procedures. As a student, you are expected to follow these policies. Even if you follow every rule precisely, however, your teacher may still reserve the right to say “no” or “please wait a minute.” You can increase the likelihood of your teacher saying “yes” by asking to use the restroom at appropriate times, respecting your teacher's response, and leaving and entering the classroom without disturbing others.
Method One of Three:
Raising Your Hand or Using a Hand SignalEdit
1Determine your teacher's restroom policy. Bathroom policies will vary from school to school, teacher to teacher, and grade to grade. If you do not understand the bathroom policy, ask your teacher or professor to explain the rules and procedures to you. If you can not remember the restroom rules, ask your teacher to remind you of the rules. If you can not comply with any part of the bathroom policy, set up a meeting with your parents, teacher, and principal to discuss the concern and develop a solution you can all agree on.
- In elementary, middle, and high school, you may be required to ask for permission to use the restroom.
- In college and graduate school, most professors will let your come and go from the classroom as you please. When you do get up to use restroom, leave and re-enter the room quietly and discretely.
- If you are an exchange student, ask your host family, roommate, teacher, or professor to explain the country's cultural norms regarding using the bathroom at school.
2Choose an appropriate time to ask if you may use the bathroom. Before asking to use the bathroom, make sure it is a convenient time for you to ask this question. Ask yourself, “Is it a good time to talk to my teacher and leave the classroom?”
- Avoid asking your teacher to use the bathroom when they are in the middle of giving instructions, during the middle of a lecture, or during a lesson.
- Do ask your teacher to use the restroom during independent work times, when you have finished all of your class work, or after you have completed a test.
- If it is an emergency, remain calm and ask your teacher immediately.
3Ask to use the bathroom. When it comes to asking to use the restroom, each teacher has a different policy. While some teachers prefer the traditional method of raising your hand to ask for permission, other teachers find this practice disrupting. Instead, they insist that their students use a special hand signal.
- Raise your hand, wait patiently to be called on, and ask for permission to use the restroom. “May I please go to the restroom, Mr./Mrs/Ms. ____.”
- Raise your hand with the special signal (perhaps crossed fingers) and patiently wait for a response. If your teacher is fine with you using the bathroom, they may nod their head "yes.” If your teacher would like you to wait, they may shake their head “no” or raise a finger to signal “wait a few minutes, please.”
4Respect your teacher’s answer. Your teacher may respond in one of three ways: “yes,” “no,” or “not right now.” If you don’t receive the answer you were hoping to hear, you must respect your teacher’s answer. If it is an emergency, tell your teacher it is an emergency and you can't wait to use the restroom.
- If your teacher says “yes,” thank them and exit the room. After using the bathroom, return to the room quietly.
- If your teacher says “no” or “in a minute,” ask again in a little while.
Method Two of Three:
Filling Out a Pass to Use the RestroomEdit
1Fill out your pass to use the restroom. In some schools, especially middle schools and high schools, students are required to fill out a pass each time they need to leave the classroom. Students generally receive a set number of passes for each semester, trimester, or quarter. Once a student uses all of their passes, they must wait until the next marketing period to receive more. In elementary school, you teacher may give you a set number of pre-printed bathroom passes or tickets. When you need to use the restroom, pull out your pass sheet and fill out the following information:
- Reason for using the pass.
2Ask if your teacher will sign your pass for the restroom at an appropriate time. After filling out or finding your pre-printed pass, subtly get your teacher’s attention. Raise your pass in the air until they notice you. When the call on you or come over to your seat, ask if you may use the bathroom.
- Unless it is an emergency, do not ask to use the bathroom when your teacher is giving instructions or in the middle of a lesson.
- Great times to ask for permission include after you have finished taking a test, while you are working independently, and during transitions from one activity to the next.
3Comply with your teacher’s answer. When you ask, “may I use the bathroom," your teacher has the option to reply with “yes,” “no,” or “please wait a few moments.” If you don’t receive permission or are asked to wait, remain calm and respectful. If it is an emergency, explain the situation to your teacher and ask to be excused.
- If your teacher says “yes,” hand them your pass to sign. Leave the room quietly, use the bathroom quickly, and reenter the room silently,
- If your teacher says “no” or “please wait a few moments,” ask again at a later time. 
Method Three of Three:
Managing Your Own Trips to the BathroomEdit
1Use the restroom during passing time and lunch. Many teachers and administrators prefer that students use the restroom on their own time. Visiting the restroom during passing time and throughout lunch time, teachers argue, increases the amount of time students are present in the classroom. While some students can manage to do this, others simply don't have time in between their classes.
- If you have enough time in between classes, make an effort to use the restroom before your next class starts. Teachers will appreciate that you took care of this need prior to entering their class.
- If your passing times are extremely short or your classes are really far apart, do your best to fit in visits to the restroom between classes. If you simply don't have enough time, ask your teacher for permission to use the bathroom during class.
2Sign in and out of the classroom to use the bathroom. When you need to use the restroom, your teacher may allow you leave the classroom without asking for permission. Instead, they may simply require you to sign-in and sign-out of the classroom when you need to go to the bathroom. This sign-in/out sheet is usually located near the classroom door.
- Quietly get up from your seat and walk to the sign-in/sign-out sheet.
- Fill out your name, the date, the time, and where you are going.
- If your teacher requires you to take a pre-printed pass, grab one before exiting the room.
- When you return from the bathroom, sign-in and write down the time you returned.
- Go back to your seat without disturbing the class.
3Grab a classroom bathroom pass. Some teachers have a classroom bathroom pass that they require students to take with them to and from the restroom. This form of pass is often less disruptive to the entire class. Students may take these community passes without asking permission to use the restroom and the teacher is not required to sign any passes.
- When you need to use the bathroom, get out of your seat quietly and walk to the classroom restroom passes.
- Grab the pass and take it with you to the restroom.
- When you return to class, put the pass back and return to your seat.
- If you get up to use the bathroom while your teacher is talking or giving instructions, they may ask you to wait a moment.
4Use the restroom during approved times. In some classrooms, teachers use a sign to let students know exactly when it is and is not a good time to use the bathroom. One side of the sign may read: “You may use the bathroom without asking permission.” The opposite side of the sign may read: “Please wait to use the restroom. If it is an emergency, let me know.”
- When the sign says, “You may use the bathroom without asking permission,” get up from your seat quietly and walk to the bathroom. After using the restroom, return to your seat quietly.
- When the sign reads, “Please wait to use the restroom. If it is an emergency, let me know,” wait patiently for your teacher to flip the sign. If you are having an emergency, notify your teacher immediately.
What if you have detention and really need to go?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Say: "Excuse me Mr/Mrs (your teachers name) but I really need to use the restroom." If they say no, then say: "I respect your answer but I need your permission and I cannot absolutely wait any longer." If they say no still, go to the restroom and call your parent or guardian and let them know what you had to do.
What if I pee my pants and the teacher still says no!Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Just leave the classroom and go talk to either another teacher, the principal, or someone in your school's office. And let your parents know. Your teacher should not prevent you from using the bathroom in an emergency.
What should I do if I have my first period in school, and the teacher won't let me go to the restroom?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- If it's a female teacher, whisper in her ear or ask to speak to her for a moment in private to explain your situation. If it's a male, just tell him you have a girl's problem to attend to -- he'll know what you mean. You might consider having a parent write a note so you're teachers will be aware you may need to use the bathroom more frequently because of your period.
What if the teacher refuses to give me permission?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- If your class will be over in a few minutes and you can wait, attempt to do so. If you cannot wait, respectfully say that you simply cannot wait any longer, and exit the class. Verify your guardian of this after doing so.
How do I get permission after I have already been told no?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- If you're a female, just say that you think you've started your period. If you're a male, and don't mind waiting a bit after class or school, simply tell them you really need to go and that you'll make up any lost time afterwards. They shouldn't argue with that because it shows your dedication to the lesson and proves that you genuinely need to go and aren't just trying to skip out on class.
My teacher locks the door when we come into the room and we have a 3 hour lesson. He will not open the door for any reason, even sickness, for anyone. How do I get permission?Answered by Tom De Backer, Top Answerer
- In most schools in most countries, locking the classroom door is forbidden by law, specifically for safety reasons in case of a fire or evacuation. With attacks on schools and such, this is an ongoing debate. However, if you need to leave, for whatever reason, you must stand your ground and insist that the teacher open the door. If you are sick, or even if you need to use the bathroom, the teacher is obligated by law to let you go. Stay calm and polite, but do not give up until they let you go.
- Prove yourself to be responsible by asking only when you have a legitimate need to go and never taking more time than you need.
- Always ask to use the bathroom at appropriate times, such as during an independent work time. Avoid asking your teacher to use the bathroom when they are giving instructions or teaching a lesson.
- If you are about to have an accident, speak to your teacher privately. Explain the situation and ask to use the restroom politely.
- When you use the bathroom, leave and enter the classroom quietly.
- Do your part to keep the bathroom clean and safe. Don’t leave trash or waste on the ground. Don’t clog the sinks with paper towels or leave the water running. Throw away or flush your used paper towels, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products.
- If you think your teacher said “no” for no reason at all, speak to your parents and principal.