Lunch and Recess Volunteers





10:45 AM - 11:10 AM GRADE

Period Time Lunch Recess
4th Period  10:45 am - 11:10 am  Grade 3  Grades 4 and 5
11:10 am - 11:35 am  Grade 4 and 5  Grade 3
5th Period  11:35 am - 12:00 pm  Grades 6 and 7  Grade 8 and P94
12:00 am - 12:25 pm  Grade 8 and P94  Grades 6 and 7
6th Period  12:25 pm - 12:50 pm  Kindergarten  Grades 1 and 2
12:50 pm - 1  Grades 1 and 2  Kindergarten

GENERAL DEFINITION AND ROLE OF LUNCH MONITOR Ensures the health, safety, welfare and enjoyment of students in school cafeteria and in the recess areas designated.


  • Help children opening milk and containers, cutting food into manageable chunks
  • Supervises students in the cafeteria, while in “hot lunch” lines, while eating, and during cafeteria dismissal;
  • Help children through the lunch line reminding them of salad bar options and to take a milk, cutlery and napkins
  • Maintains discipline in the cafeteria according to school code of conduct and encourages proper table manners through positive enforcement;
  • Reports all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and discipline problems to an appropriate school administrator immediately,
  • Supervises hallway near bathrooms, at water fountain and hand washing areas (K-3 specific).
  • Engages children in fun, productive conversation as appropriate to diffuse potential “incidents” and/or help ensure pleasant lunch time experiences.
  • Assists cafeteria staff in cleaning up spills, accidents, etc;
  • Supervises children during dismissal from lunch to ensure independent clean-up of garbage and recyclables.
  • Escorts children down the stairs to designated recess area as requested by school administrator.
  • Supervises and engages children during outdoor or indoor recess time as needed by recess coaches.


Volunteers are requested to commit to the full lunch period of their choosing whenever possible. Lunch Monitors are requested to:

  • Arrive at school at least 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the first lunch period (10:45-11:30, Grades 1-3). Arrive at school at least 10 minutes before Kindergarten lunch period (12:25-1:10 pm) to assist with table/floor clean up before arrival of children.
  • Sign in to the “Lunch Log” at the Security Desk. (Please have ID with you)
  • Use stairs to walk to the 5th floor cafeteria.
  • Introduce yourself to the Parent Coordinator or school administrator present.
  • Introduce yourself to the Kitchen Staff and request a pair of rubber gloves. (Gloves should be warn at all times when serving food or assisting children with containers).
  • Determine with other parent volunteers where each will assist (2 kitchen servers, multiple floaters for main floor to supervise and assist, monitor exits and bathrooms).


  • Greet children and encourage them to settle into eating their lunches in a timely way. Remind children purchasing “hot lunch” to wait in line quietly.
  • Kitchen helpers (two min. grade K-3) need to: 1) serve cold vegetables to younger students as requested; 2) assist serving frozen fruit cups/fresh fruit, utensils and milk, as needed.
  • Cafeteria Floaters should remind children in younger grades to raise their hands if they need help with containers or need to use the bathroom.
  • Monitor proper table manners, body positioning on benches. Children need to sit on their bottoms, legs in front of them for their safety.
  • Children need to be reminded to eat their lunches while enjoying their friends company.
  • Encourage children to listen when receiving instructions from school administrators re: time remaining, clean up and dismissal. Monitors should assist children with following same instructions.


  • Lunch Monitors need to follow direction/lead of school administrator for what is required when lunch is dismissed.
  • Assist in keeping children’s voices at a moderate level while sitting in 2 lines with their class.
  • Lunch Monitors may be asked to walk a class to the 3rd floor playground or other designated location in case of inclement weather. Volunteers need to be able to get the children to the designated location with the same behavior expected by their teachers – quietly, safely down the stairs.
  • Lunch Monitors may stay to help supervise recess period and/or engage children in productive fun playtime. Volunteers need to be additional eyes for the recess supervisors while present.
We try to provide a variety of options for recess other than the yard. These clubs are run by teachers and parents. We need more parents to help staff these clubs. These clubs meet weekly during recess periods (20 minutes) in different rooms. Email: if you a re interested and can make a consistent commitment. Options include: 
  • Book Clubs
  • Knitting club
  • Board game clubs
  • Maker Space
  • Chess


  • Reminding children to use equipment for appropriate purposes (i.e jump ropes are for jumping)
  • Zipping jackets and tying shoes
  • Inviting children to play with your group
  • Coaching children to be aware of space: not running into others, not disrupting other games, tagging gently
  • Direct children who may be shy or hesitant to join an activity
  • Encouraging children to join in activities: hot potato, relay races, four square, jump rope teaching children a new game
  • Report injuries, accidents, illnesses or unsafe behavior to appropriate staff. You can help by taking children to the nurse.