LUNCH DUTY question

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  1. lcluigs03

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    who does your lunch duty in your building?
     
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    We have hired lunch assistants who work for the entire hour of lunch--20 minutes while the students eat, then 40 minutes recess. Some teachers provide additional supervision during the first 20 minutes or last 20 minutes (we have 40 minutes guaranteed uninterrupted lunch). Teachers have 60 minutes supervision duty each week which could be at morning recess or at lunch time.
     
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    are these assistants in ADDITION to paras?
     
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    Paras do lunch duty. Teachers do recess duty.
     
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    Our educational assistants (paras) are assigned to specific students and they remain with them at lunch time; they do not, as a rule, supervise other students. The hired assistants are usually parents who come in specifically for this supervision role.
     
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    We have 30 minute lunches, but in the classrooms, so in a sense, we are on "lunch duty" every day with our class.
     
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    At the jr high, paras and admin handle lunch duty. No recess.

    At the elementary level, it's paras.
     
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    At my school all of the specials teachers and support staff (counselor, speech, title 1, paras) do lunch duty. We only have 2 paras. Specials teachers and classroom teachers have recess duty.
     
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    according to our state, if classroom teachers are not required to do lunch duty, then title 1 teachers should not be required to do so. i'm not sure about the counselors and speech teachers.
     
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    We don't have to do lunch duty, but we do have recess duty. So most days I have 45 minutes while the other days I only have 30 minutes.
     
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    This year we have had to start doing lunch duty one day a week even though we are supposed to have duty free lunch. It makes for a long day, especially since we have recess duty also. Since all of our planning periods are taken up with meetings (grade level, PLC, RTI, Grade Level PLC for common assessment data), it is pretty much impossible to actually get anything done at school.
     
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    Our lunch period is an hour. Teachers get 30 minutes to eat. For the other 30 minutes we have duty. However, we are paired up this year so we can rotate how we want. The other teacher and I switch weeks with the kids. So on out off weeks we get an hour for lunch and no duty.
     
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    In my tiny district, the PE teacher, secretary, and book keep handle recess and lunch duty for both k-4 and 5-8. Our principal handles study hall (students who didn't do homework and have to stay in)
     
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    At my school the para's have lunch duty and the teachers have recess duty.
     
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    Teachers have an hour duty free. Paras cover 1/2 hour lunch, 1/2 hour recess.
     
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    The school I taught in for the majority of the career had teacher's doing lunch duty. Everyday. We also had daily recess duty and dismissal duty.
    Lunch duty is the norm in some states. And some charters as well.
     
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    Teachers have 50 minute duty free lunches. Paras and school aides run lunch and recess duty.
     
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    In our district several years ago, they did away with cafeteria personnel so teachers have to do lunch duty as well as deal with BIC stuff.
     
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    We have a lunch monitor, and the paras each have a half hour where they are in the room.
     
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    Same here (Alberta). Teachers take lunch, educational assistants take lunch OR stay 1:1, depending in students, and SAHMs are hired for one hour lunch supervision/outside play. Everyone's happy. We get our breaks, SAHMs get about $400/month for a short day's work!
     
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    We have aides who handle recess and lunch duty, although the principal or counselor usually help with lunch, also.

    Teachers have a thirty minute duty free lunch, per our contract, although in most buildings we get forty minutes. Classroom teachers have after school dismissal duty for approx 15 minutes, every other week.
     
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    I do! I have 70-120 minutes of duty a day total. Sometimes I am alone doing it.
    I would love to know if this is the norm or is completely unreasonable.
     
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    At my school the paras cover lunch/recess which is 45 minutes. When I worked at a charter school, teachers had to take turns each day, and I ended up doing it 1-2 times per week. Occasionally, I did not even have a prep or a lunch period. When I lived in NC/SC, the schools I student taught at/subbed at required teachers to eat lunch at the table with our students daily.
     
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    We have paras, parent volunteers, and the VP (he heads an alternating group of student volunteers). We have an unwritten rule that teachers stay with their classes until the vicinity of the lunch counter, but that's about it
     
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    At my school we have one teacher, usually a specials teacher, and parent volunteers. Teachers have a rotating recess schedule. I've been at other schools where teachers had lunch duty once a week and others with dedicated hall monitors/cafeteria staff.
     
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    In my current school no teachers have any kind of lunch or recess duty. Those are covered by paras. We have one para who literally only works 2 hours and her entire job is just to cover lunch/recess duties because there were gaps in the schedule with our instructional paras. We only have mild needs sped at my school, so we don't have any paras who are 1:1 with students. Lunch/recess duty is built into their schedule. They get a 30 or 45 minute duty free lunch (depending on how many hours they work), but it's unpaid. They have to clock out for it. Teachers do crosswalk duty for 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes afterschool twice per week. Most paras don't work the full school day so they don't have enough to cover the crosswalk duties.

    In a previous school, we had no paras in the whole building and lunch and recess was covered by the principal, AP, and non-classroom teachers. I HATED it. I had lunch or recess duty every day. I did get a 30 minute duty free lunch after my duty. Luckily, due to needing to meet IEP hours, they couldn't ask me to do more than that. The title 1 teachers had 2 or 3 duties every day!
     
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    All of the administrators work all three lunches. We also use 2 paraprofessionals and 2 teachers, but they rotate that so that each of them gets 1 lunch off for themselves.

    Like others have said, we have two special ed. aides who are in there, but they only supervise students in their programs.
     
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    Our educational assistants supervise lunch hour. This is 20 minutes for eating and 40 minutes for recess.

    Teachers have morning arrival duty and they supervise the first recess of the day (25 minutes).
     
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    We have it worked out this year that specials teachers are doing lunch duty along with parent volunteers. Teachers have recess duty.
     
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    In our school the lunch room Paras (we have 3) specifically hired for the lunch room are supervising and they work 2 hours a day to cover lunches for all students in the building.

    Sped students that need a para 1:1 (including lunch & recess) get additional assistance from their assigned para.

    Teachers get a 30 min duty free lunch and always supervise their class at recess.
     
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    We do one week of cafeteria duty-20 minutes. One week of recess duty-40 minutes. Then the third week you are off.
     
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    Generally, lunch duty is covered by the paraprofessionals, specialists (ie: PE/Art/Music/Media teachers), guidance counselor and the SpEd teachers.

    However, if we're shorthanded, then members of the administration, such as myself, will step in.

    Classroom teachers and substitute classroom teachers do not have to do lunch duty.
     

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