Ever since I have been at Chets Creek, I have not been required to do bus or lunch duty except for the first few weeks to help out with kindergartners. However,I gave up my lunchtime for a year because I had a student that just couldn't get through the lunch period without severe behavioral issues. The point is, I have done lunch and bus duty in the past, but always because I felt my expertise was needed for those specific times of the day to meet the needs of students.
Now, however, teachers are doing lunch and bus duty, simply because there is no one else to do it. To make sure that all the duty is "fair" we often have more teachers than are really need in the Dining Room at one time and more than are needed at the bus, but we have to be "fair." I was thinking today about the amount of money that taxpayers are paying me to stand at the bus for 45 minutes at the end of the day. I'm embarrassed to say what it is costing them! I don't really offer much. Safety is not the issue here. There are five adults out there and a patrol for every bus - a job that could probably be handled by two adults easily. It's not hard work. I enjoy getting hugs from former students and asking how the day has been. Today there was actually a nice breeze and I kept thinking about how I was using my six years of college and thirty plus years of experience in reading as I waved good-by to kids.