For the month of December MMS is going to do a trial switch at lunch hour. We are hoping this switch curtails some lunch behaviour we are trying to change and makes for a smoother transition to afternoon classes.
Currently, students who stay at MMS eat from 11:55 AM – 12:15/20 PM and then go to clubs/recess from 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM.
We are going to flip this for the month of December and see how it goes. So, the new lunch hour will look like:
- 11:55 AM – 12:30 PM Students go to recess/clubs
- 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM Students go to homerooms to eat
- 12:50 PM – 1:00 PM Homeroom time
- 1:00 PM Afternoon classes begin
Currently, we are experiencing difficulties with getting back into school at 12:50 PM safely and efficiently. This creates a rush and is hard for many students to get ready for their afternoon classes. Switching the lunch hour allows for students to come in from recess, slow down their bodies and minds to get ready for their afternoon classes. Students will have 30 minutes after their recess to prepare for the afternoon. This should have no effect on students going home for lunch. When they return to school they can just go to their homeroom. This switch does not reduce any eating time or recess time.
Students may want to bring a snack for morning break as we will be eating a bit later.
The intent is to create a more peaceful transition to the afternoon to give all of our kids the best chance to learn all day long. We will be asking students for their feedback and be watching to see how the transition goes to the afternoon classes throughout the month of December. If this trial proves to not work, we will switch back to the current model in January.