To all our Lunch/Recess Volunteers ACTION NEEDED

To all our Lunch/Recess Volunteers:
Thank you for your support and help with keeping all our students safe during recess and lunch!  As a reminder, only games/toys supplied by the school may be utilized during recess time.  Below are our Recess Parent Volunteer Guidelines. Families please also be aware the once lunch and recess is over, families should exit the building and not linger in the hallways. Please use a main egress. Do not use any doors that are not manned by a security agent as alarms will sound.

Guidelines for Lunch and Recess Volunteers 2019-2020

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST SIGN-IN WITH THE SCHOOL BEFORE REPORTING FOR RECESS OR LUNCH.

  • Parents and caregivers MUST sign-up on the scheduling system in order to volunteer. Sign-up is to be completed by the Friday before the week you are requesting to volunteer. The office will generate a list of volunteers, which will be shared and posted at the Security Agents’ desks.
  • On the day(s) you are scheduled to volunteer, you must check-in with a Safety Agent and proceed to the Main Office (Room 143) to Sign-in in the Visitor’s Binder.
  • K-2 recess begins at 10:05am followed by lunch from 10:30-10:55am. The 3rd-5th grade recess begins at 11:00am, followed by lunch from 11:25am to 11:50am.
  • Recess for all children takes place in the yard. After completing the sign-in procedure (seeing a Safety Agent and signing the Visitor’s Binder in Room 143), volunteers are to meet their class in the designated area at the start of recess (10:05am for K-2, 11am for 3rd-5th).
  • While on the recess yard, volunteers are responsible for addressing any unsafe play, including preventing games that involve tackling, pulling on clothing, using playground equipment incorrectly or dangerously; e.g. using jump ropes, hula-hoops to pull each other by the waist, climbing up fences, or picking up and throwing any object that is not intended for play (i.e. rocks, sticks, etc.). If unsafe behavior is observed, volunteers should step-in immediately and/or notify a school staff member. If it is deemed necessary, only staff members may discipline children (e.g. sitting out).
  • Responsibilities in the lunchroom include: helping children to remain focused on eating, to maintain an appropriate voice-level and making sure children clean-up their area (themselves) when finished.
  • While in the cafeteria, volunteers may be asked to assist in any other ways the school staff may need, including monitoring the bathroom area (by the cafeteria), serving the salad at the salad bar and supervising the water fountain.
  • During inclement weather, volunteers are needed as the children may be sent to the gymnasium or to their classrooms for in-door recess.
  • If volunteers observe verbal conflicts between students, they should encourage the students involved to seek the assistance of school staff members or Peer Mediators (4th and 5th grade students who have been trained in Conflict Resolution)
  • While on duty, volunteers may be asked (by school staff) to escort children to the bathroom. Please note that adults may not enter the students’ bathrooms at any time. Children may either visit the bathrooms in pairs or with an adult who waits outside the door.
  • Please note ALL injuries are handled in the Nurse’s office (room 125). Only TA’s and school staff are to escort students to the Nurse’s Office.

Reminders

  • As a lunch/recess volunteer, your responsibility is to support with the supervision and safety of all students in your child’s grade; this is not a time to catch up or socialize with your own child, their friends, or other volunteers.
  • Please refrain from behaviors that will distract from supervising the children at play, such as cell phone usage.
  • Taking pictures and videos during lunch/recess is prohibited.
  • Volunteers may not bring other children/babies along while on duty.
  • Volunteers are discouraged from sharing information with other parents regarding lunch-time or recess behaviors of other students. This is strictly the responsibility of school staff.
  • For security reasons, only parents or legal guardians may volunteer for lunch/recess duty.
  • If you are unable to make it to your assigned lunch/recess day, it is your responsibility to find a replacement from the list of existing volunteers.

Thank you for offering to be a lunch/recess volunteer.   Your help is greatly appreciated!

Have a great weekend!