Morning Duty- What does your school do in the morning?

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  1. sjnkate

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    Myself and a few other teachers have been tasked with coming up with a morning schedule involving morning duty and where kids go when they arrive at school before the first bell. Our schedule and routine for last year was very stressful for teachers and needed to be changed. We have come up with what we think is a good schedule, but would like a second option so that we can have teachers vote. We were told whatever we decide goes, but we would like the other teachers to feel that they have a voice in this. We are out of ideas. Can you share what your school does in the morning?
     
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    About half of our students walk to school or are driven by parents and half arrive by bus. We only offer supervision for 15 minutes before the beginning of the day--5 minutes outside, then 10 minutes inside The entry bell rings 10 minutes before the start of class and students may arrive and enter the school any time after that. When students enter the school, they put away their things in their lockers or coat hooks (in the halls) and may go into their classroom (teachers do not need to be in classrooms at this time). They are also encouraged to use the washroom at this time if they need to. We have 5 or 6 teachers on duty during this time, meeting buses, supervising entry into the school, walking the halls and going into classrooms to check on students. All of our teachers have 60 minutes of supervision during the week--this is one option.
     
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    In my school, students may arrive as early as 8 am. They sit in hallway lined against walls outside their classrooms. Paras supervise...kids can talk quietly or read. The instructional day starts at 830 and that is when they are let into classrooms.
     
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    There is supervision 30 minutes before school starts. Students can be in 1 of 3 areas-Library if they are quiet, the lunch tables (grades 4-6) and the court (grades k-3..no playing). There is one teacher at each station supervising, and this rotates throughout the year.
     
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    Our paras have morning duty.


    At another school in our district, the children have a specific time they can enter the building and they can choose where they want to go in the morning out of the library (they can read and/or listen to a read aloud), the gym (there is a yoga session), the computer lab, the cafeteria (eat breakfast), or a designated classroom for each grade (this one requires a grade level teacher to supervise).
     
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    Our school duty schedule is covered by all non-classroom teachers. In the morning, these teachers are in the hallways directing students to the cafeteria until 10 minutes before the school day begins. At that time, they are able to move into their classrooms. The teacher is in the room by that time. There are also teachers in the two parking lots helping students out of their cars. But again, these are all of the non-classroom teachers.
     
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    Morning care starts at 6:45 a.m. They are suppose to go there. I think at about 7:45 a.m. parents can drop off & the students wait in the lobby until we come out of our morning meeting at 8a.m. Then we walk them to class. School starts at 8:10a.m.
     
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    Students go to breakfast and/or:
    Grade 1-3 walk in the gym
    Grade 4-6 walk in grade 1-6 halls
    Grade 7-12 just in the hall but many walk

    Teachers must supervise.
    No students or parents allowed in rooms before bell.
    We created a schedule with 50% teachers supervise/walk the other 50% prep. Some swith daily...some weekly.
     
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    First bell rings at at 8:25, tardy bell 8:35. Kids who get breakfast are allowed in to the cafeteria/gym at 8:10. A couple of paras supervise breakfast.

    USED TO BE the rest of the kids lined up by class on the blacktop, and were let in one class at a time when the first bell rang. When it got cold, they started being allowed to come directly to classrooms at 8:10 or so, it might be a little later than that. They kept this for the spring and I assume it will be the same this year. I liked the blacktop lineup because it meant that the parents who were late weren't trying to yell at me for not letting their kids in as I wait for preschoolers (preschool starts at 8:30 to avoid the congestion).

    Teachers don't actually have to be at school until 8:10 or 815, I think. Morning duty for paras begins at 8:10. Most of our classrooms have dividing walls, so those walls are opened and one para supervises each set of 2classrooms as kids are coming in and getting settled. I know the teachers have specific tasks for the kids to do as they come in, but they don't have to be in the classrooms yet.
     
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    The kids are dropped off and enter in through gate 1. From there, they go directly to their classes. Even though the first bell doesn't ring until 7:50, we have to have our doors open to receive them by 7:35 (as soon as we arrive) because there's nowhere else for them to go.
     
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    our district pays teachers/paras to do morning duty. Some kids are in the gym, cafeteria, or library. Other than that, no teachers have morning duty (although we do afternoon duty).
     
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    Morning care opens at 7:00 for PK-8th grades. At 8:00 one of the morning workers takes grades 1-8 to the lunchroom (due to space). Each teacher grades 1-8 rotates being responsible for a short devotional, pledges & morning announcements. Your day for devotions you have to be in the lunchroom by 8:15 because the number of students is beginning to grow. By 8:25 all teachers are to be in there. 8:30 devotions/pledges/announcements, 8:40ish go to classes.
     
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    Our para's take the morning duty as well as lunch duty.
    The morning is our time to prep for the day.

    The teachers have end of school duty (taking care of walkers, bus riders, and car riders). Who gets what is determined by rotation.

    Lunch recess is on a rotation basis as well.
     
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    Our kids go to the gym, sit in a line under their teacher's name, and read/talk quietly if they don't want to eat breakfast at school. Those eating breakfast go to the cafeteria, and then to the gym when finished- the gym and cafeteria are actually one big room with a center divider. Doors open to kids at 7:30 and they start coming to class at 7:45, but the tardy bell doesn't ring until 8:00. We alternate duties- 3 teachers and a couple aides (along with the p) do morning duty. We have too many adults, imho, on duty at any given time...but it does make for a smooth morning, I guess.
     
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    Everyone goes to the gym, where there is childcare starting at 7 a.m. At 7:25, a teacher is on duty, and the other teachers come down at 7:35 to bring their classes to the classroom. It works because our building is small, only 6 classes(K4 to 1st). The other building has the children wait in the cafeteria, with their class at their lunch tables.
     
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    We basically have a before school recess that parent volunteers and one teacher (weekly rotation) supervises.
     
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    The aides have duty more than the teachers but they can also leave earlier. Teachers have duty one day a week.

    Each grade level has different areas to work with children on intervention activities until the first bell rings.
     
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    Each grade has an area - K and 1 go to the cafeteria (the other half is used for breakfast kids), 2nd goes to the library, 3rd goes to our multi-purpose room, 4 & 5 to the gym. Each grade has one teacher there and we rotate, we actually have a roation for afternoons as well and if you have morning duty, you don't have afternoon duty and you have one week off. A large majority of our kids are picked up outside to walk or drive home so we have 3 people outside afterschool, some of the other schools have 2 people at daycare or in some other area to supervise.


    Our rotation is: Morning Duty; After school day care/bus duty; outside (for the first 10 minutes); outside (for the first 10 minutes); Outside (20 minutes), Off
     
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    There is no supervision for the kids before the doors open at 8:15 to let them into the building. Teachers meet them in various locations (gym, auditorium, cafeteria) and line up with them until 8:20 when we take them up to the classrooms.
     
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    Our school is situated in a way in which different levels are in separate buildings, so the morning supervision happens in each building. Students wait inside the building in a big open space we have between the classrooms (this is the space we use for assemblies and whatnot.)

    One teacher a day is responsible for supervising the kids (about 80 children in our section of the school) from 8:15 when the doors open until 8:30 when they can go in the classrooms. Usually not every child is there before 8:30. Some arrive right at 8:30, so there is like, 2 minutes of madness and the rest of the time is pretty mellow. Parents often wait with their children too, so there are other adults around.

    If kids arrive before 8:15 they need to wait with their parents in the library or go to morning care.
     

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