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High School Restroom Pass

In many American high schools, if you’re caught in a hallway during class, you need something to prove that you have permission to be out of the classroom. In these schools, teachers can give out hall passes, or “potty passes.” They are often slips of paper, but sometimes are more creative, in order to force shy students to choose between feeling humiliated or holding it in. Non-shy students don’t care. Redditor bad_trip_ posted such a pass from his school. It’s a full-size cardboard cutout of a cop.

One of my teachers back in the ‘70s used a toilet seat for a potty pass. No one cared, and some would even wear it around their necks. Of course, back then it was important to go to the restroom often, because that was the only place in the building you could smoke (besides the teachers lounge).


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In this case, it's because the school administration is treating the students like toddlers. The official name for these things is "hall pass." I'm sure the word "tinkle" on the sign is an attempt to embarrass and infantilize the user. Big O put quotes around "potty patrol," so I assume that duty is officially called something else, like "hall monitor."
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One of the things i have wondered for a long time
why do adult Americans use the word "potty" rather than toilet?
I stopped using the word potty when i was 4 and to hear an adult saying they are going potty is just weird.
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One of the stories I tell from my teaching days is when I had a student who needed to take a make up quiz. I told him to go down the hall to the (biology) LAB and take it there. A few minutes later another teacher who was on "potty patrol" poked his head into my classroom and asked me why there was a student in the LAV taking a quiz. We all laughed.
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