How is your lunchroom handled?

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  1. ios man

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    Hello,

    Another post has me thinking our principal spends 10:50-12:50 in the lunchroom monitoring. Parapro's are also required to be in there. The janitor staff is there also, but may as well not be.

    How does your school handle lunchtime? Who does the monitoring?

    thanks
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    Two custodians and the specials teachers run the cafeteria.
     
  4. bella84

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    In my district, anyone who is not a classroom teacher might do a recess or lunch duty shift - principals, specials teachers, interventionists, paras. Custodians would be present for cleaning but not for supervising students.

    Oh, and classroom teachers may be asked to sub if the person who regularly holds that duty is unavailable.
     
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    The P, AP, one para, and the SEL teacher
     
  6. Ms.Holyoke

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    In my previous school, admin ran lunches for about 80 minutes total. They had paras to help.
     
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  7. Tired Teacher

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    Our admin, the custodian, and a few sped aides run our lunches. Another school I was in was run the same way.
     
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    Oh my goodness. Reading about schools where admin have to run the lunch room makes me thankful to work in my district. There's no way I could be locked into manning the cafeteria 5 days a week as so many things pop up throughout the day. Each school in my district has 6-8 noon duty supervisors (cafeteria and yard personnel) who work 2.5 hours/day. They run the cafeteria and provide outdoor supervision. When my principal and I aren't facilitating teacher or parent meetings, running student clubs, and dealing with discipline issues, we do help with cafeteria and yard duty. It's important for us to be visible.

    ETA: Lunches start at 10:45 for Transitional Kindergarten and end at 1:15 for 6th grade. So we have 2.5 hours of lunches each day.
     
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    Many yrs ago, the district used to pay for lunch/recess helpers. Usually top notch moms, who passed background checks were hired. They really should bring that back. Teachers need their lunch and prep time and admin does need to be free to do what they specialize in doing.
     
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    In most of my schools, teachers were required to eat with their students and take them out for recess. Many times teams got together and shared duties so we wouldn't have to be in there every day...maybe 3 times per week.
     
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    Swansong, Wow! Teachers being required to eat lunch while supervising kids is wrong to me. I might do it for fun on a special day, but would not make a habit of it. Do you get a lot of other time for prep in place of that?
    All 8 hr jobs ( I think) have to give employees a lunch break and at least 2 bathroom breaks.
    Schools get away from the breaks somehow, but I would not want to give up lunchtime. It is kind of my regroup time. I might, ok I would, lol check out how legal that policy is...
     
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    Our K paras supervise K/1 lunch, then ESL staff/intervention teachers/and instructional paras rotate lunch duty for 2-5.
     
  13. bella84

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    Just clarifying my post after reading yours. Our principals do the same. They do not actually have lunch duty. Specials teachers, interventionists, and paras do. But if the principals aren’t needed elsewhere, they are in the cafeteria or on the playground supporting.
     
  14. Backroads

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    I'm not sure how I feel about it. In many ways, students eating with the students and just running the lunch show seems very nice and cozy.

    However, in my district lunch is part of our duty-free break time, required by some state law or another. And I really, really like it. Like @Tired Teacher, it's definitely my regroup time (I'm an introvert by nature, so while I love teaching, I definitely do need that downtime).

    To the original question, I'm not sure how our lunch room is handled. It changed this year. I'll spy and find out for the sake of the thread.
     
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    At the high school where I sub, we have three 30-minute lunch periods, so the entire lunch period is 1.5 hours. Four teachers are assigned to each lunch period, so four have two lunch periods of duty and then one off. The teachers' contract requires them to get a thirty-minute duty-free lunch. The custodians are in there, too, but the teachers are expected to handle any behavioral issues. Our resource officer is usually in there, too, unless he is needed elsewhere.

    I had lunch duty last year and didn't really mind it. The kids never got out of hand unless a break was coming up, and the end of the school year was chaotic. The admin was (and still is) very good about handling any issues should a teacher have to send a kid to the office for behavior. They realize that stupid stuff happens in the lunchroom sometimes.
     

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