In December I took over another teacher’s class when the original teacher went on a leave. That teacher let the kids eat in class and wasn’t very strict in general. Since returning from winter break I’ve decided that due to omicron, students should not eat in class and should go in the hallway if they need to eat. The day we returned I informed them of this, and I have my admin’s support on it. There are comfy chairs in the halls. Here’s an exchange I had with a student today. We’ll call the student Bob (he is 16 or 17 years old.) Bob walked in with food and was not wearing his mask. Me: Hi Bob, just like yesterday, if you need to finish your lunch you’re welcome to go sit in the hallway and do so, since while you’re in the room I need you to have your mask on please. Bob: No, I am going to eat in here. Me: That’s not one of your options. Bob: I will be done eating soon, it’s not a big deal, if you wait a couple minutes you will not have to bother me. Me: The rule is clear, mask on in here and no food, or mask off while eating in the hall. Bob: You aren’t my real teacher anyway so I don’t have to do what you say. Me: Ok, I’m not going to argue with you about this anymore. I then walk away and pick up the phone, asking for an admin up to speak to the student. I know it seems silly but this is the first time in 7 years that I have ever had to call admin up to my room and now I’m paranoid they think I have bad classroom management. I just need some reassurance that I handled this okay and if I didn’t, maybe a suggestion on what I could have done differently. Also, “Bob” was mostly respectful when I first took over the class, and is getting more disrespectful now. I think he is annoyed because their last teacher let them do whatever and I am more insistent that they work. So I have had to nag Bob to get work done, and also to wear his mask, to not leave tons of garbage from his lunch on the desk when leaving class, etc. He has just decided he doesn’t like me I think, and I’m not too sure what to do going forward.