Administration Changes Lunch Duty Schedule
As the 2016-2017 school year began, there was a major change to the student lunch duty system. The purpose of lunch duty is to ensure that the cafeteria stays clean throughout lunch, as many students leave a mess behind after they are done eating.
Students on patrol must clean up any food and silverware that were left on the tables, and then wipe them off using cleaning solution and paper towels. Many students have been opposed to this responsibility because it entails giving up time with their friends and studying. However, they understand its significance in helping out the Riverdale community.
The lunch duty system is organized by Ninth Grade Dean Cat Crocker, but many other teachers and deans help run the system on a day by day basis. These teachers stand by the podium at the front of the cafeteria, assist students with signing in and out of lunch duty, and oversee the whole process to make sure it runs smoothly. Lunch duty typically runs for about fifteen minutes and begins at either 12:20 or 1:15 depending on when students have their lunch period. Many great enhancements have been made to this system over the past few years, such as employing an app that scans student I.D.s to record when they sign in and out of lunch duty.
In past years, students had to complete one day of lunch duty per quarter for a total of four times throughout the year with their advisor group. However, the lunch duty schedule has changed. While students still complete lunch duty four times a year with their advisor group, they will no longer have to stress about being assigned lunch duty at arbitrary times throughout the year.
With this new system, lunch duty is assigned for four days throughout one week in the school year. Unlike the previous system, students know exactly when their lunch duty is far in advance, which makes it easier to make meetings with teachers, get work done, and spend time with friends.
According to tenth grader Rachel Soleymani, “the new system is a lot more efficient since once you complete your week you do not have to worry about lunch duty again for a while. However, it makes that week a lot more stressful to have to worry about doing lunch duty every day,” she said. While many students fancy getting this obligation out of the way for the year, they find this new system of completing lunch duty every day to be stressful.
According to a tenth grader who requested to remain anonymous, “the new lunch duty system makes it difficult for students to schedule meetings with teachers especially when lunch is their only free time,” they said. It appears that the main reason students dislike this new system is because it cuts essential time for meeting with teachers out of their schedule. However, this student also stated that “[they] understand the purpose of helping out the cafeteria staff,” they said.
Similarly, a new student to Riverdale claimed that they “enjoy getting my shifts done all at once and [they] enjoy cleaning up the cafeteria so it is clean for [their] peers,” they said.