A critical issue each year is recesses at elementary schools. Teachers should vote on whether there will be one or two 15-minute recesses per day. This vote should take place no later than the second teacher workday of the school year.
Our last contract process determined that recesses take place midmorning and/or mid-afternoon, not adjacent to the beginning of the school day, lunch time, or end of the school day, unless the school elects to do so.
The lunch period for students is 60 minutes, and teachers must have at least one 30-minute uninterrupted lunch period. Do not give up your rights in the contract or take away the opportunity for students to have a much-needed break.