Some years we have a lunch assistant. Some years we have a teacher or teachers who teach one less class than everyone else in order to do lunch duty. And sometimes we have an administrator who does it.
I do not have a homeroom and do not have duty, although I would gladly take my turn if asked. Our homeroom teachers eat with their kids eveyday and do recess duty with their kids everyday. When I was in a homeroom, we rotated off at our grade level. But, it was noted that we were all not doing duties, and were asked to follow the rules.
Let me clarify by saying that some teachers sit together at the "teacher" table and ignore their kids. So, I guess you could say they have duty free lunch?? (in a sense).
We get a 30 minute duty free lunch in our contract. A teacher or staff member can give up that time and get moola for supervising classes. We get 12 dollars per class per day. My school is small so we only get to supervise one class...but at the other schools they can do 2 rooms and get paid for each...
We only have a duty free lunch one a month as a special treat. We have parent volunteers come and monitor the cafeteria and the assistant principal and our attendance clerk usually stay also to help as needed.
I could not imagine our principal ever doing lunch duty...
We eat with our kids... which I greatly dislike eating with them every day. It would be nice to even have just one lunch a week where I could sit and eat with adults!
Right after lunch we get about 20 minutes free when the kids go out to recess, we have recess duty teachers for lunch recess. However we usually have to pull kids during that time to make up work so we don't really get it truly duty free.
Thanks for all of the replies...it gives me something to take to the scheduling meeting with my principal. This year, my grade level had one day for duty free lunch (the day that we didn't have any specialty classes). I love my specialty area teachers...however, I don't think that it is fair that they have duty free lunch every single day! Every day they sit across from my classroom in the teacher's lounge, eating in peace and talking amongst themselves for an hour. Meanwhile, I am sitting in the cafeteria with 200 screaming kids. We have mentioned to our principal that our specialty area teachers should give up one of their hour lunches to supervise in the cafeteria, but I don't see it happening.
We contractually get 30 minutes duty free lunch. The students lunch and recess time is 45 minutes. We trade off duties with each of us taking 15 mins recess or 15 mins monitoring the lunch room. It ends up that we have duty 2 days a week at lunch, but because it is a 45 minute time, we still get 30 minutes to eat with our peers if we like. The other three days we get the full 45 minutes.
The Paras also are out on the playground to help with recess duty in 15 minute increments.
PE, Art, Music, Spec Ed, Reading specialists, Librarian also have duties. Some have lunch duty, some recess, some bus. Everyone in the school pretty much has equal time in duties.
I eat with my class and then I get my duty free lunchtime when my students are at recess. I enjoy eating with the students because I am able to visit with them in a non-academic time. I also really enjoy the time for me when they are at recess later in the afternoon. It works well.
We don't have any additional lunch or recess monitors, but all of the other staff take their turns. Most self-contained classroom teachers do about 15-20 minutes of duty supervising either lunch or recess. This allows them 30 minutes of duty free lunch. Other staff (e.g. teacher assistants, specialists, etc.) have about 30 minutes of duty and 30 minutes of duty-free lunch.
Our AP is in charge, but as for the others, we have supplementals in our contract to provide those teachers that want the extra $ to be paid for it, otherwise paras mainly and a couple of secretaries. Our specials teachers (art, library, pe, music) are on the same contract as classroom teachers so they too have a duty free lunch.
There are 4 teachers in our grade. Two do lunch duty while the other two have lunch. Then those two teachers have recess duty while the first two get lunch. There is a rotation system so that one group is not always dong recess and the other always doing lunch. Regardless where I do lunch duty or recess duty, I really do not get a full 30 minute duty free lunch. If I have children who need make up work, they either do it while I eat or while I do recess duty.
We have duty free lunch/recess for 45 minutes a day. Our special area teachers and hired lunch/recess staff have duty for recess and lunchroom. We each have one morning and afternoon duty a week, so special areas have 2 lunch duties a week instead.
What floors me is that so many districts use their administrators for duty- seems like a waste of money (they make a lot more per hour) and I know ours are busy constantly and cannot commit to that time each day of the week!
I would not have become a teacher if I had to eat with my students. We get a 40 minute duty free lunch every day! My students need a break from me! And I am a much kinder, caring person after I eat and relax with adults.
1. All teachers are treated equally regardless of teaching assignment. So yes, absolutely prep coverage teachers do duty as do homeroom teachers.
2. Our Collective Agreement states we are entitled to a 40 minute uninterrupted lunch (actually labour standards acts and employment standards acts require this.)
3. Our Collective Agreement states that we can not do more than 80 minutes of duty/supervision in a 5 day cycle. We can do less than 80 minutes but not more.
Those are the parameters that must be followed.
Here is how it works in practice.
1. EA's and admin also do duty. Admin at our school is good about this. It is the only way the duty schedule will work. Not all admin do this.
2. Our children eat in their classroom. We do not have lunch rooms or cafeterias in our schools. Almost unheard of in an elementary school. Not so many years ago each classroom teacher supervised their own students in their own classroom. Once we started to reduce the number of minutes of supervision we started to combine classes for lunch/nutrition breaks. We had doors cut between classrooms and the duty teacher stands in the doorway and supervises two classrooms. Other students also move into those classes. We have 7 home rooms that move into 5 different classrooms for lunch. Essentially we have 3 lunchrooms with three people on duty.
3. Other duties include morning yard/bus duty and evening bus/town student duty as well as 25 minutes outside yard duty after the kids eat. We have two nutrition breaks daily.
4. In rare, exceptional situations EA's have been given an extra 30 minutes a day to supervise morning and evening bus duty.
Good luck with scheduling your duty free lunches.
It absolutely can be done.
It is not easy and it requires the political goodwill of management to provide adequate human/money resources for this to happen.
I was at a retirement celebration tonight so I have had many trips down Memory Lane tonight. Supervision and duty free lunches are part of the journey.
When I began teaching we had lots of supervision -- around 180 minutes in a 5 day cycle. And absolutely no guarantee of a duty free lunch period.
Lunch entitlement probably came to us earlier (maybe 12 years ago) and reductions in duty about 6 years ago.
guaranteed at least a half hour of duty free lunch. We have noon-duty aides that stay in the cafeteria and/or monitor the playground.
These are just parent helpers that are paid--I'm sure it's minimal. A couple of our sped aides do this duty for pay too if they don't need to be with their kids.
I have been fortunate that we have been given a duty free lunch each year. This past year it was the (few) TA's we had covered our classes. Sometimes the principal/asst. principal would cover if needed.
In the past, specialist teachers had to cover as well.
Schools I've been at where admin do lunch duty usually have more competent admin. Now I'm not saying they should stand in the lunch room the entire lunch period for all classes, but I think it helps build a positive relationship with students if they see admin outside of the office. Lunch duty and bus duty are great ways to do this. I don't think it's a waste of money at all, but it's a great way to build relationships.
We have a 30 minute duty-free lunch, as per our contract. Teachers can 'volunteer' to do lunchroom duty for a stipend. The teachers who do lunch duty are giving $1800 a year as their stipend.
If no one volunteers to do lunchroom duty, it is part of the Principal and AP's job description. At least one of them is supposed to be in the lunchroom for all lunches, though that doesn't happen at our school. If there aren't two people (as we have two grade levels eating in the lunchroom at the same time) in the lunchroom, one of them has to be in there.
This thread caught my interest right away because our principal told everyone that next year we would have to do lunch duty do to budget cuts. It has caused quite the uproar!
After reading this thread, it sounds like many of you have the same system we are going to: half the grade level eats a duty free lunch while the other half monitor the cafeteria. After lunch they will switch and take the kids to recess.
We have been used to leaving our classes in the cafeteria with paras to have our duty free lunch, so this is a big change for us.
I don't have a problem with the lunch duty as long as I get a half hour to eat in peace. My problem is with the structure of the recess. We aren't allowed to take them on the playground.
What are they supposed to do instead? We are to take all our classes to walk around the bus loop. (Did I mention that we have 13 classes on our grade level that are scheduled to go through the lunch line at exactly the same time? - Oh right, that's a whole other story.) Yes, that's right - we're going to walk laps around the bus loop for 30 minutes.
Obviously that's insanity, so I have been trying to think of a way to keep 250 kids occupied for a 30 minute recess without using a playground AND without the constant loop-walking. Any suggestions?
We have 30 minute duty-free lunch. But we have half doing lunch duty and eating while the kids are at recess. The other half eat while the kids eat and cover recess duty. Our recess is only 15 minutes long so they also take care of restroom break and read-aloud. We did have aides that covered lunch but now most of our aides are paid with title funds that do not allow them to cover lunch duty. I think the kids behave better for us than they did for the aides.
We have 30 minutes duty free lunch. The "lunch ladies", a part-time position, do the lunch duty, God bless them! They could not pay me enough to eat with the students. I'd probably lose weight though! :}
Wow, I have read all of the reply s and it makes ME sad.
To get a duty free lunch, everyone at my school helps out, paras, administrators, non-classroom teachers as well as teachers. In kindergarten through fourth, we "partner" classes, that is I would take a class along with my own to lunch for 30 minutes. Afterwards, the teacher whose class I supervised, takes my kiddos to recess. We switch every week with regard to who will do lunch duty and recess duty. But you keep the same partner. The rest of the staff and administrators help out by monitoring or when we are short with staff due to absences or ARDS or teacher conferences or anything else that may arise. The para's and non-classroom teachers receive a schedule at the beginning of the year with regard to which grade/teacher/time to arrive and monitor. (very specific)
It works very smoothly, even if the extra staff don't show up, we only monitor about 40 students at a time while they are eating, so it is not taxing..hope this helps you...it is against the law not to have your lunch period to yourself........
We've done the 'you have lunch duty while I eat then switch' but found that it wasted 30 minutes of instructional time that our kids needed if we expected them to pass the state assessment. We've had the special area teachers do the lunch duty while we ate and then we were responsible for 15 minutes of recess at the end of the day, if we felt the kids had put in the effort to earn it. We've had paras do lunch but they felt like that was "below" them. (It was a snooty bunch of papas.) Currently we have a mix of good paras with a few special area teachers who have a more flexible schedule take the kids for 30 minutes. They get 10 minute recess and 20 minutes to eat then we pick them up and go back to class. We only used this schedule at the end of the year to see how it would work. It was flipped for the majority of the year. I think they will lengthen the time by 5 minutes to give them time to wash their hands prior to eating.
Per contract, we have a 30 minute duty free lunch. We don't have a recess period unless we take them out. Every adult gets a duty free lunch sometime during the day. This past year, aides took a rotation (about an 1 hr). Next year, I think all aides will have the entire 2 1/2 hrs. +/- as duty.
Guidance counselors also do some duty. Sometimes the office staff does some duty. Elective teachers (music, art, etc.) used to do some duty, but they pitched a fit and now have free time. Admins do not do duty. I think non-classroom teachers also have some duty.
We also have 2 or 3 paid lunch ladies when we can find them.
Every classroom and special teacher is entitled to a 30 minute duty free lunch each day. Our duty schedule assigns 2 teachers (sometimes reg. classroom, sometimes other areas) to lunch duty. On days I have duty, I supervise for 20 minutes, then have the last 30 minutes to do as I wish. Our K team gives up 1 duty free day to meet to plan or discuss grade level happenings.
Our principal helps out occasionally. Lunch duty is certainly not my favorite, but I'm thankful for no recess duty in Wisconsin winters!
Wow, I would love to have a duty free lunch occasionally. We are with our students all day long with no break. I love my students but I would like to eat in peace once in a while without 18 little hands in the air wanting to know if they can have their dessert, empty their trays, go back for seconds or go back for something they forgot.
We get a 30 minute duty free lunch that was negotiated by our association to be included in our contract. Do you have an educational association that bargains your contract? We usually can get something like this when they tell us there is no money for raises!!! Something to think about!
We have lunch in our classrooms - there is a kitchen for kids to purchase hot lunch, but then they come back to the classroom to eat. Each teacher monitors their own class. Many teachers choose to eat with their students. I'll often, as a previous poster said, sit down with a table and chat with the kids during lunch. I'll also show an educational video once a week during lunch - it doesn't take up instructional time, and I know that everyone is watching because I'm watching them!
After lunch, the kids go out for recess, monitored by recess aids and para professionals. That is when the teachers have their duty free lunch. Those that ate with the kids will often use this as prep time and stop in the lounge to visit toward the end of recess. Teachers rotate through a once-monthly recess duty. When it is their recess duty day, someone else comes in to cover their classroom while the kids are eating so they still have their duty free lunch.
For the specialist teachers, who don't have kids, they eat during the kids lunch time, duty free. However, the recess time (classroom teacher's duty free lunch) is considered their planning time and counts in their weekly planning minute allotment.
We have to eat with the kids every day. Morning duty, lunch duty, recess duty, and car/bus duty. No one helps us at all. I'd love to have more than the 40 minute planning block, but usually we don't even get that for a complete week as that's the time for math, literature and other stupid worthless meetings. Of course when we meet during planning, related arts doesn't- they don't have mah and literature and such meetings.
At my school, we all eat with our kids and take them out to recess. In our non-union state, we do have a law that states we get duty free lunch but the admin. does not make it happen. Hard to push the issue when people are getting rif'ed so we suck it up and drive on. It is not so bad if you can sit with other teachers and chat a bit. I would love to have those kinds of breaks to clear my brain though. How nice. I must say, I am a little bit jealous of all of you who have a great duty free break. Some of you even have 40 minutes. Wow. Lucky you!!!!
In our district we are not required to do lunch. If we are interested, we get extra duty pay for doing lunch duty. The same goes with breakfast duty. The para's take care of our recesses as well. We do not have to do before school duty or after school duty. Para's do before school in the pod area for each grade level and the principal and counselors do bus duty after school.