Lunch Supervision?

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  1. eri444

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    Hi everyone,

    I am curious to hear how your school (especially middle school) handles lunch supervision?

    Do all teachers have to do it? Do any teachers have to do it? Do they get paid extra or is it part of their contract?

    Thank you!
     
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  3. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I work in a K-8 district.

    Teachers get a 50 minute duty-free lunch.

    Lunch supervision is handled by noon duty supervisors and site admin.
     
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    At the elementary school I substitute in, it seems that teachers and assistants take turns on a rotational schedule. So every few days, a teacher will cover a 20 min lunch or recess. This means teachers get a shortened lunch every few days.
     
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    We have paras who cover lunch/recess. Teachers have a 50 minute duty free lunch.
     
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    We have paras cover lunch and recess. In a previous school I had to do it as a specialist/non-classroom teacher. I didn't get paid extra for it. I still got my duty-free lunch, but having duties took away from minutes I could have been working with students. I wasn't able to give students as many service hours because I was doing duty 30-60 minutes per day. I also HATED lunch/recess duty. This was a "mountain town" where we literally went outside in blizzards, pouring rain, etc. The people there had literally never heard of "indoor recess" and thought the very idea was absurd. I'm so glad my current school has paras!
     
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    Paras cover 20 minute lunch. Teachers cover 15 minute recess.
     
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    We cover lunch and recess multiple days each week. I dream of a duty-free lunch!
     
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    We have supervision paras who cover it. We have a 45 minute lunch and a 20 minute recess, both duty-free.
     
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    Admin have to do it and teachers volunteer for a semester and get an extra prep for the whole year (I have a duty period built in to my day but if I did lunch duty I wouldn't have a duty period, and instead an extra prep). It's a nice perk, but no thanks I'll keep my duty.
     
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    Middle school lunch at my school is covered by administrators and campus security monitors.

    Elementary school lunch is covered by specialists and instructional aides. They rotate coverage with recess duty. They don't get paid extra for these duties; the time is built into their schedules. They still get prep periods and duty-free lunches of their own.
     
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    Our first lunch (for kindergarten students) starts at 10:50 and our last lunch (for sixth graders) ends at 1:00. So I have two hours and ten minutes of lunch supervision every day. Some days, it goes by quickly. Other days, it seems like an eternity.

    The kids really do notice that I'm there, though. Whenever I have professional development or an off-campus meeting, I always get asked, "Why weren't you in the cafeteria yesterday? Were you sick?"
     
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    Our TAs do it as part of their duties. We also supplement it with parent volunteers.
     
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    My VP sometimes winds up manning the cash register. The kids find it hilarious.
     
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    Our students have a 60 minute lunch break--20 minutes to eat in the classroom and 40 minutes recess. Teachers have a 40 minute uninterrupted lunch, so some supervise during the first 20 minutes and some during the last 20 (we have 60 minutes of supervision duty, either at recess or lunch each week). We also have lunch assistants who assist with supervision.
     
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    This is the first high school I have been at where teachers cover lunch duty and the admin is nowhere to be seen. If I recall all the way back when I was in high school the principals did lunch duty. We do not get a break until students are dismissed.
    In Georgia however there is law that protects a duty-free lunch time for primary school educators, but that does not apply to secondary.
     
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    We're such a small school that all hands are on deck. If I want to take my hour of solo time, it would have to be after 2, when student traffic is slowed.
     
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    I'm at a middle school in Texas. Lunch monitors are admin. As a teacher, we're supposed to get 30 minutes of uninterrupted lunch, but that never happens because we have to walk our kids to and from the lunch room. So I get closer to 20 minutes. This wouldn't be a problem if they had built in a few minutes into the schedule for us to get down there.
     
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    I teach in a middle school in NC. We NEVER have duty-free lunch or recess.

    We get 80 minute planning, mine is at the end of the day. So I have kids from 7:45-1:45 non-stop.
     
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    I'm also in NC. No duty-free lunches for middle school here either. Teachers eat in the cafeteria with their classes then take them outside for the remainder of the class period. This is less about recess time than it is about getting kids out of the way so other kids can use limited space. In bad weather (and it has to be really bad), kids are jam-packed into the gym while other classes are in there. Standing outside in rain is not uncommon at all.
     
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    When/how are you both supposed to eat your own lunch?
     
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    I can only speak about 6th grade at the middle school I'm doing my practicum at.

    The 6th grade teachers cover Power-Up (a short remedial block) and their Core class blocks before lunch. There's a 20-minute lunch with ALL of the 6th grade teachers present at their own table. Afterwards, they go back to their classroom, host a reading block, and then the kids go off to PE/Band/electives while the teachers have planning time.
     
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    I'm surprised I'm the first to say this:

    Students eat lunch in the classroom, as we don't have a cafeteria. Granted, we'll have a new school in a few years, and that will change then, but for now, they have recess (we don't have duty) and then they eat lunch in class. I actually love it: it provides me with 30 extra minutes to work with kids 1-on-1 on things they're struggling with, make interpersonal connections with kids who need those positive interactions, and also fit in some read aloud time without cutting out too much of my other instructional time.
     
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    We were supposed to eat while the kids were eating. We ate with them.

    It was worse when I worked in a Pre-K. then you just expected to get three or four bites in and waited until 2 to have lunch. There was no way you could eat while opening milk cartons, ketchup packets, cutting meat, etc.
     
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    I get a thirty minute duty free lunch. We could be asked to cover lunch one day a week according to our contract. During state testing, we have to cover lunch.
     
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    Our students eat in classrooms as well. We don't need to be in the room with them, there are supervisors who rotate between rooms, but I usually eat in the room; it helps alleviate some problems and gives me a greater understanding of what's going on in their lives.
     
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    Several parent volunteers help with cleaning the lunchroom and serving lunch. One teacher must be on lunch duty for every lunch period. It's mostly specials teachers but I have one day of lunch duty every other week for grades K, 4, and 5 (I teach 6-8). This is during my prep so it does not interfere with my lunch.
     

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