Survived the first full week of school!

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  1. TerriInCa

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    I did it! I survived the first full week of school!

    My students are amazing! They are all wonderful and I know we will have a great year. The parents have been very supportive too!

    The administration is what is going to kill me!

    We have no lunch breaks. The K-2 teachers are spending a hour and a half every afternoon on "traffic duty" and I am so tried by the time I get home I have no energy for my own kids!

    I complained about the traffic duty and all I got was "I am sorry, hopefully in 3 weeks we can back it off a little." :eek:

    The staff morale is awful! One of the teacher told me on Friday

    " Only 188 school days left (we have an extended school year). Prepare to give up all hope, ambition and any life you ever had." :eek:

    I thanked him for ruining my long weekend! :whistle:

    The $ is good, but I wonder if it is worth the headache. The K teacher was telling me she is feeling the same way too! :dizzy:
     
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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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  4. EMonkey

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    Here is the California law about lunch duty. It is straight from the California government: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/FAQ_MealPeriods.htm

    It actually is required to be posted in the workplace if I remember correctly. If you are part of CTA contact your association.


    In California, an employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than five hours per day without providing the employee with a meal period of not less than thirty minutes, except that if the total work period per day of the employee is no more than six hours, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee. A second meal period of not less than thirty minutes is required if an employee works more than ten hours per day, except that if the total hours worked is no more than 12 hours, the second meal period may be waived by mutual consent of the employer and employee only if the first meal period was not waived. Labor Code Section 512. There is an exception for employees in the motion picture industry, however, as they may work no longer than six hours without a meal period of not less than 30 minutes, nor more than one hour. And a subsequent meal period must be called not later than six hours after the termination of the preceding meal period. IWC Order 12-2001, Section 11(A)

    Unless the employee is relieved of all duty during his or her thirty minute meal period, the meal period shall be considered an "on duty" meal period that is counted as hours worked which must be compensated at the employee's regular rate of pay. An "on duty" meal period shall be permitted only when the nature of the work prevents an employee from being relieved of all duty and when by written agreement between the employer and employee an on-the-job paid meal period is agreed to. The written agreement must state that the employee may, in writing, revoke the agreement at any time. IWC Orders 1 -15, Section 11, Order 16, Section 10. The test of whether the nature of the work prevents an employee from being relieved of all duty is an objective one. An employer and employee may not agree to an on-duty meal period unless, based on objective criteria, any employee would be prevented from being relieved of all duty based on the necessary job duties. Some examples of jobs that fit this category are a sole worker in a coffee kiosk, a sole worker in an all-night convenience store, and a security guard stationed alone at a remote site.

    If the employer requires the employee to remain at the work site or facility during the meal period, the meal period must be paid. This is true even where the employee is relieved of all work duties during the meal period. Bono Enterprises, In. v. Bradshaw (1995) 32 Cal.App.4th 968.

    If an employer fails to provide an employee a meal period in accordance with an applicable IWC Order, the employer must pay one additional hour of pay at the employee's regular rate of pay for each workday that the meal period is not provided. IWC Orders and Labor Code Section 226.7 This additional hour is not counted as hours worked for purposes of overtime calculations.
     
  5. Ms. I

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    No lunch break?! Yikes. Yeah, you know it's bad when teachers are ALREADY on the countdown to next sumnmer. I'm glad the first week's down for you. My 1st month's down for me. I'm pretty sure I'll have a better year than last, which was my 1st in my new position.

    My lunch is technically a certain length...30 min I'm sure, but since I'm kind of my own boss, no one cares what I do. I could take as little as a 15 min lunch or an hour & also say that I'm doing paperwork/testing too. No one's there to enforce it. I'm not a loafer, but at any time, if my P ever walked in, which he/she never does, I'll always be busy, that's for sure. I very, very rarely actually bring more than just my water bottle & maybe a little snack. I'm not even hungry at lunch & stay tucked away in my room.

    Good luck for the rest of the year!
     
  6. YoungTeacherGuy

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    EMonkey provided great info!

    We get a fifty minute duty-free lunch. Although I normally work through my lunch, I'm still able to eat while I'm getting work done (plus, the kids aren't in the classroom, so I can get a ton of things accomplished)!
     
  7. TerriInCa

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    I get a 50 minute "prep time" 4 days a week from 9:05-9:50. And an additional 20 minute prep from 10:30-10:50 twice a week. So I am "eating" then. So I am sure that falls in there somewhere. But it would be nice to eat lunch when the kids are at 11:30 without having to watch the kids and open all of their containers.
     

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