Do you have a planning period (enrichment/specials) on the first (student) day of school? I ask because on the first day, classroom teachers (at my school) are required to correctly accumulate student transportation information for all students as well as create or at least fill in some form of label/tag for each student showing how they get home (and if there is a bus transfer, etc.). This would be no big deal, but we are supposed to do this while dealing with parents, students, first-day supplies, crying fits (some students have these), and all the other joys of the first day of school, yet we HAVE NO PLANNING PERIOD in which to do any of the paperwork. We are also expected to sit with our students during lunch, which means that WE GET NO BREAK AT ALL, and neither do our students. Personally, I think we all (students and teachers) need a break from each other and from the classroom (it is too hot to have recess), but our enrichment teachers are generally helping with enrollment (although they are usually finished by 9 a.m.). Please don't think I am totally negative. I know that there are things with which the enrichment teachers are expected to help. However, I just don't think it is good for the students OR the teachers to be "stuck" in the classroom (aside from a 20 minute lunch and a 10 minute school tour) all day. What is the situation at your school? If you have any ideas, how would you suggest I approach our (brand new) principal to address this situation? As some of you know, I am a diabetic, and have problems eating (anything) in the cafeteria due to the noise and lack of time.