Duty Free Lunch

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  1. mrachelle87

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    I think that this has come up several times in the last few weeks. At my old school, we had thirty minute duty free lunch. So even if you had duty, you still had 30 minutes of time to yourself (on paper--not always if you had trouble in the cafeteria or some parent calling).

    At current teachering position, we are required to eat with our students. We have to eat at the table with them, so no duty free lunch.

    What about everyone else?
     
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  3. ecsmom

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    Duty free in TN.
     
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    I don't have any duties. I have to say that I love it. Our bus duty people are our specials teachers. We have lunch and playground attendants. I couldn't eat lunch with my students. I love them, but I need a break from them in the middle of the day.
     
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    Our extra duties are all for pay. No one has to do anything they don't want to do. In the past I have done the lunch room and morning hall duty. This year, I fill in for morning study hall. I chose not to do any other extra duties this year.
     
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    We have one hour of supervision duty each week--bus, recess, etc. Our contract specifies a 40-minute duty-free lunch; administration cannot call meetings for recess or lunch time.
     
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    We have 30 minutes of duty free lunch each day, and get a 30 minute prep period a day.

    Last year I had a plan period (30 minutes) right after lunch but ate lunch with the kids (at the adult table).
     
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    We have duty free lunch here as well. Its 20 minutes.
     
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    We have a 30-minute duty-free lunch.

    At the high school, we don't have any supervision duties. There are all sorts of hall monitors and administrators who supervise the buses, cafeteria, main quad, etc.
     
  10. mrachelle87

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    Well since we don't have duty free lunch, we do get a hour of planning each day. Plus we only have recess duty every three days. So I guess I can live with eating with my students.
     
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    For recess duty last year, we had a schedule. Two weeks of recess duty, one week study hall (during recess), and one week free. We also had a 50 minute planning period.
     
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    Some of you are too lucky! At the school I am at now filling in for a sick teacher We have to sit with the students at lunch and stay with them at recess. Each teacher also has bus duty every other week. I think all the schools in this district are the same way. When the kids go to specials is the only time the teachers get to themselves, and most times you have meetings during that time.
     
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    I have a 50 minute planning/conference period and 30 minutes duty free lunch (actually 20 once kids are through the line and including walking time). Occasionally we have meetings during conference period, but it is rare. We do have before/after school duties, but we rotate them around the team.
     
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    We have 25 minutes duty free lunch (she just gave it back to us in Jan) and 45 minutes of specials (prep period) per day. A lot of times we have meetings during our prep period though. If our kids get recess then we have recess duty right after lunch. As far as after school we either have meetings or we have bus, car rider, or daycare duty approximately once a month for a week.
     
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    Our "Duty Free" lunch is for the 45 minutes after the kids leave "Open Campus." Which means we can leave when the kids do- but our lunch is at the end of the day. So 2:15. Last year at my old school it was at 3:00. We're supposed to get a 20 minute break- but in Pre-K we rarely see that break.
     
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    We have a 30 min. duty free lunch. We really get it easy for duty at my school--we have morning duty, once a week, for 10 min. :) Of course, we have virtually no planning time as we have meetings daily after school Mon.-Thurs. and most days during our specials (which we only have 4 days a week because we teach our own p.e.)
     
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    Technically we are supposed to have it, but it is not practical so we eat with our kids. Most teachers have rotating duties once per week. I am the crossing guard for my school, morning and afternoon, but I am paid for this by the local police department.
     
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    Same here except we get 35 minutes for lunch. I do have hall duty during the 5 minute passing periods. And this year I have been very lucky that I have not had any meetings during my 55 minute planning period.
     
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    Grade level teachers get a break when their students go to specials(30 minutes 4 days per week and 45 minutes the other day). They eat in the cafeteria with the students but at a teacher table so they can restroom break each other then. I teach a special ed self contained class and I am with them all day. My assistant and I use the class bathroom. When she is out I march the whole class (15 students) to the office and ask them to watch them when I need to use the restroom. Luckily I have a good class and the office staff is very accommodating.
     
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    Wow, some of you have luxuriant times for lunch! Those that actually have a duty free lunch, that is. In the parish (think county) in which I (plan to)/(currently substitute) teach, everyone gets a 20 minute lunch. Thankfully, duty at lunch is usually covered by the Administration, as is morning duty (although we are expected to be alert for anything "off" in the hall outside our classrooms in the am). There is a "teacher's table" at which most of the teachers eat their lunch, but others also choose to eat in teacher's lounge (and enjoy the quiet!). At another school, teachers eat (hide) in their classrooms (but still only have 20 minutes). Bus duty rotates at one school, and the Administration handles it each afternoon at another, so I guess that is just dependent on the school's culture or whatever.

    My question is, if we are supposed to (at the elementary level, anyway) teach children basic, beneficial health practices (in addition to everything else), shouldn't lunch be a longer period of time? The 20 minute lunch is supposed to include transport time, and we are only supposed to take 10 minutes for student restroom breaks (with the bathrooms on another hall entirely from each other). Twenty minutes is supposed to be the minimum amount of time recommended to eat a meal (without transport), but we have our kids shoveling the food in like there's no tomorrow! I've been watching veteran teachers for a while now, and haven't yet found one that can get a bathroom break done with their entire class in 10 minutes or less.
     
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    I have to sit with my kids at lunch. I get only three 45 minute "planning" periods, 2 of which are usually taken for a training session. So, I really only get 45 minutes to my self per week. Plus, I have car duty after school EVERY day, which takes about 30 minutes.
     
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    Wow, some of you have it tough.

    We have a 30 minute recess and 40 minute lunch play (plus ten minutes to eat in the classroom - kids bring lunch from home or an order from the canteen). Of those breaks, I am on duty for half of two recesses and two lunches each week.

    We also get 3 hours a week for planning whilst our kids are at specialists (I get 2 hours one day and one on another).
     
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    We have duty free lunch. If a staff member chooses to do lunch duty they get extra pay.
     
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    We have a 40 minute duty free lunch. We only have one 20 minute recess duty and all other days are recess duty free. Plus a 40 minute special 4 times a week and per our contract they can't have meetings during our prep, well they could, but they can't make them mandatory.
     
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    35 minutes duty free lunch, with about 80 minutes of planning a day.
     
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    Oh, and each teacher has a 40 minute planning period during which their students are in their enrichment (specials) classes
     
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    hey pw!! I thought you had a permanent job offer when you finished student teaching??

    didn't pan out?
     
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    Wow! Next year, the final year of our current contract, we will have 200 minutes/week (up from 150 minutes 3 years ago)--that was one of the main points of negotiation.
     
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    We have a lot of planning at my current school. My kids go to PE and Music everyday (30 minutes each), library once a week (30 Minutes), and we have recess duty twice a day every three days. I do have bus duty in the afternoon for about 15 minutes. I also have before school duty every day for one week of the year. We also go to the computer lab twice a week, we have to stay in there but there is another teacher on duty to help the kids. You can grade, or work on lesson plans in there.

    I am required to sit at the table each day with my students in the cafeteria. We are in there for about 25 minutes.
     
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    Wow. I guess I do have a few perks with teaching in a jail. No extra duties of any kind here.
     
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    There really seems to be a huge difference in the number of extra duties assigned to elementary teachers and high school teachers.

    Yet another reason why I'm glad I don't do elementary.... :)
     
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    I teach at a private school where my planning time varies with the supervisory duties I have at the time. Next year, I will be teaching special education in a public school in the same district I taught in last year. They don't offer a duty-free lunch, although it is their goal to do so eventually.

    They do guarantee a 50-minute planning period daily, but I didn't get that last year because I taught three grade levels and my kids went to specials at different times. When I go back to the district, I plan on bringing that problem to light (I was pretty shy about it last year, but I'm spoiled now!) and hopefully managing to work something out to get some planning time during the day. I used to go in very early and stay late to plan, since I had kids from 7:30 to 3:30 without a break.

    The really ridiculous part was that on the days when my assistant was absent (they didn't hire a sub for her), I had to call a teacher from down the hall to watch my class so I could go to the bathroom.

    It won't be a deal-breaker if they can't guarantee me planning time, because I LOVE the district and I really liked working there last year, but hopefully they can help me work something out.
     
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    Hey, Master Pre-K and all! Nah, no permanent jobs yet, although I have interviewed for one. I have agreed to a long-term sub position (1st grade maternity leave) that starts mid-April. Rumor has it that the teacher is going to submit her resignation the last day of school and that if I do well, I'm up for that position permanently. So sorry for the hijack!

    It's interesting how the amount of "off duty" time varies so much from school to school and district to district!
     

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