Creating a Sanitary Bathroom Pass

All of Amanda’s “potty talk” last week got me excited to share with you my newest bathroom management trick. Intrigued? Read on…. If your middle school students are like mine, they need to have a pass with them at all times when they’re in the hall. Because of this rule, I felt like I was wasting time and paper writing multiple bathroom passes a day. I knew I needed to create a classroom bathroom pass to save time and paper. I was browsing Pinterest one day when I stumbled across a photo of a hand sanitizer bottle that was used for a bathroom pass. What a genius idea! I knew I needed to create one for my classroom.

Here are the girls and boys art studio bathroom passes, what do you think?

(Frida Kahlo is the girls pass and Vincent van Gogh is the boys pass.)

Here are the supplies you need to create your own boys and girls bathroom passes:

  • 2 hand sanitizer bottles
  • 1 image for each sanitizer bottle
  • Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Clear package tape
  • Pen or markers

1. Take the labels off the hand sanitizer bottles.
2. Cut out images and glue them down to the bottles using glue stick.
3. Write, cut and glue any labels or information on the front of the bottles. (I wanted to remind my students to wash their hands, so I had Frida and Vincent kindly remind them to wash their hands.)
4. Glue directions on the back. (I wanted to be sure that students weren’t using the sanitizer instead of washing their hands. I typed out directions for where to put the sanitizer when they go to the restroom. I specifically gave them directions to wash their hands then pick up the bottle and bring back to class.)
5. Wrap clear package tape around the bottle to protect the image and directions. The package tape makes it easy to clean and sanitize the bottles.

I absolutely love having the sanitizer bottles for my bathroom passes. I keep them by my classroom door, right next to the bathroom sign out. When students ask to go to the bathroom, I say yes and remind them to sign out and take the bathroom pass. If another student asks to use the bathroom, I can look over and see that one of the passes is missing and tell them they need to wait until the person comes back. So far every student has brought the pass back and I can only hope they’re following the directions of washing their hands in addition to using sanitizer!

Does your school require students to have passes in the halls?

What do you use as a bathroom pass in your classroom that works for you?

Cassidy Reinken

This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • Tobie711

    This year I put a string around it and place the plastic pass on their neck. That why hey will not leave it.

    • Susie Belzer

      I do that too.  Mine passes are on lanyards and have plastic lids hooked on the clip.  I decorated the lids with sharpies.

  • Stefs Studio

    At my school everyone has the same passes and they hang in our room attached to a sign with velcro and they get hung outside of the bathroom on the same velcro sign we have in our rooms so the passes never have to enter the bathroom.

    • That seems like a great idea!  What grades do you teach?

      • Stefanie Vorrasi

        I teach k-5 currently but my school is expanding to K-8 in the next three years.

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  • candace pridemore

    I use a painted tolet seat.

  • artfulann

    I make small 2×3 paper passes and give them to the students. They each get 2 passes every 6 weeks. They have to keep up with them and if they don’t have one, then they can’t go unless extreme circumstances.