How is your lunchroom handled?

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  1. Go 4th

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    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?

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  3. mstnteacherlady

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    Our principal spends all of the lunch periods in the cafeteria as well as a few different people who volunteer to help out each week.

    My mother is a parapro at another school in the county and they (the parapros) are required to do lunch duty. The principal sits in her office and watches tv. hmmm...
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    My school has 2550 kids, grades 6-12. We have 4 lunch periods, so figure about 625-650 kids per lunch period. It's a closed campus, so all the kids eat in the cafeteria.

    We have 7 teachers on duty. At the start of the period, we have a lot of people monitering the lunch lines-- making sure that no one is cutting or stealing. (In my cafe duty last year, we had a great rule: anyone caught cutting stood in the front with the teacher...he or she was the LAST one to buy lunch. I don't remember a single repeat offender :) )

    As the lines dwindle down, we circulate among the kids, just supervising. We also moniter the bathrooms outside the cafe, just stopping in now and then.

    With 5 minutes to go, we call cleanup and all the kids return to their seats for dismissal. We then go table to table and dismiss, checking that all the garbage has been thrown out. We leave it remarkably clean, considering the number of adolescents who eat at once.
     
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    We start lunch at 10:30 and the last group is served at 12:15 (k-8), the principal was never in there unless they were short and she had to cover. There is one person in the lunchroom watching the kids and one person on the playground...only one grade goes outside at a time so there is never more than 50 students playing outside. The dean floats between the lunchroom and the playground.
     
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    Our teachers don't have duty free lunch so they eat in the cafeteria with the kids.
     
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    Let me blunt BeckySueK, that's total crap!
     
  8. Caesar753

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    We have about 2500 students and two lunch periods. During both lunch periods, the cafeteria and outdoor quad are monitored by our two school police officers, principal, two assistant principals, at least two deans, and five hall monitors.

    Most of the fights on campus happen during lunch so it's a pretty stressful time for the admins.
     
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    Aliceacc: when do the teachers at your school eat?

    My school has hired lunch aides who work from 10:30 until 1:00 daily. They cover the lunchroom and the playground. The assistant principal helps out, but our principal is never on duty.
     
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    Teachers who want to earn extra money can sign up for all of the duties (lunch, morning hall duty, bus duty, study hall, clubs). It's not much, but it does add up. I did lunch duty my first year. Watching seventh graders eat is gross, and the smell in the cafe made my stomach turn. I hope never to do it again.
     
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    We eat with our kids, 25 minutes start to finish. We have a small school and a small lunchroom. It will only hold 5 classes max. We don't complain because of the size of our school, the music and PE teachers get every kid every day so that gives us an hour for planning. I think it's more than equitable, unless you think about all the specialists getting duty free lunch but then I think their planning period is only a half hour. I figure it all balances somewhere down the line. If I start thinking about it though I think of their other perks, like less paperwork. But we get more gifts, but we spend more money on stuff for our kids and our rooms. We have to deal with parents, they......
    It's comparing apples to oranges so I'll quit.
     
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    We have a separate lunch period. This year, I had cafe duty period 6, my own lunch period was period 7. (We eat in the faculty room. There are fridges, microwaves, toaster ovens... there)

    Teachers who don't have cafe duty have a study hall or bus duty-- we each have something along those lines.

    And fights in our school happen maybe once a year, if that. (The last one I actually helped break up was probably in 1992 or 1993.)
     
  13. Bitsy Griffin

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    We don't have duty free lunch either. We take the kids to lunch and we eat with them - not at the same table there is a teacher table nearby.

    We have car/bus duty all week after school once every 6 weeks.

    I'm not unhappy with this schedule.
     
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    All of our teachers and aides are on a rotating schedule. Everyone has 1 day per week that we must serve on lunch duty. If we will be absent or are absent, we must arrange for someone to cover us. Basically whoever covers us, we agree to cover thier next lunch duty period. The teachers actually VOTED to keep this instead of paras taking all of them. Apparently they want to use us during prep periods as much as possible. I prefer that too.
     
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    My school is very lucky, partially because it's so small (180 students). The kids eat lunch in the classroom with a TA and the faculty eats together. However, we have working lunches Tues and Thurs, and sometimes have committee meetings on Wednesday. On Tuesday we have a staff meeting (whole school staff) and on Thursday we have a faculty meeting (teachers, counselors, etc. + principal)

    This saves us from after school meetings, unless they are specifically for committees... which everyone has to be on one. They only meet once a month or so though.
     
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    Thanks Aliceacc! That makes sense!
     
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    Last year was the 1st year that I didn't have to eat with the kids! We hired extra lunch staff to do that. The principal is rarely in the lunchroom, but the VPs sometimes are. Sometimes we also have parent volunteers. Kids don't get recess at lunchtime.
     
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    We eat at the tables with our students. It has its pros and cons. One day a week we can eat together but must stay in the cafeteria.
     
  19. grade2rocks

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    Okay, so how do you handle recess?
    We have a duty free half hour. In that half hour, kids eat and go outside (Kids do NOT have another recess/break during the day, so this is their only opportunity.

    Teachers can be paid a pittance to supervise in cafeteria and then the playground (one half hour total)- in exchange for their duty free lunch. Supervising the playground is difficult - six classes at a time for 2 teachers. Paras cannot do it alone- we always need licensed personel available for liability reasons.

    NO ONE volunteered for it. So the principal's "solution" is to have the ELL teachers supervise eating, and then have the kids stay in at their tables for the remainder of the time (silent reading). It would take fewer adults since the kids are inside; the ELL teachers would then have their duty free lunch when the classroom teacher picked up her class. (BTW, the classrooms would then be missing one half hour of ELL service availability).

    So, who watches your kids at recess?
     
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    In Vegas, we took our classes down to the lunch room. Basically, I think the lunch lady gave us a certain time she wanted us down there...and each teacher was a few minutes apart. I think the principals would be in there or outside. They had tables set up where i think kids could go and eat where they wanted, but had to raise their hand when finished and then they would go to the end of their long table and dump the trash. They also had a no peanut butter table.

    Here in this district where I worked. I took my kiddos down at 11:50. I watched them as they stood by the door and the gal looked at them and punched their number in the computer. They then went to get their food and sat down at one of three tables (according to grade level) When most everyone was done, one of the monitors would tell them to stand up and dump their trays...and they basically went around in a circle and dumped the trays and returned to their table. When all three tables were done, they were excused by table outside. The principal would also monitor sometimes inside or outside. paras were outside monotoring while inside were the principal and custodians along with the music or pe teacher.
     
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    We eat lunch with our own kids so we are the ones monitoring our class.
     
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    We have teacher's aides that monitor both lunch and recess. We're very lucky.
     
  23. Ima Teacher

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    We always have an administrator in the cafeteria, and there is also a custodian, and often one other person.

    We have duty free lunch, but most of the teachers eat in the cafeteria anyway, and we help out if necessary.
     
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    Teachers rotate recess and lunch duties on a weekly basis at my school.
     
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    We rotate recess duty.
     
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    I've already mentioned that teachers and aides rotate so each has lunch duty once a week.

    Our recess is not attached to our lunch time. Aides go outside with their own class (upper goes at one time, lower goes at one time) while teachers have prep time. I don't mind. It gives me a break from sitting inside the classroom. Only when it is cold do I mind going outside. :) The reason I say we go with our class is because if we have a fieldtrip or class party, we stay with our class.
     

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