DD has been complaining about admin and aides at lunchtime. At her school they now have a noise sensored traffic signal to monitor the noise. If it gets too noisy the traffic signal goes to red and makes a beeping noise. She said it is crazy and that some of the kids thinks its funny so will go up to it and make noise. Of course then, the WHOLE cafeteria gets in trouble, which I think is absolutely insane. There are days also when no one is allowed to talk at lunch - AT ALL or else they get threatened with having recess taken away, etc. This whole lunchtime situation has gotten my child so upset. When I picked her up today, she said she has decided to go to the vprincipal's office and try to talk to her about different ideas about lunchtime. She is a little afraid though but really wants to try to work something out. Fortunately, this is her last year and she will be going to middle school next year. I am definitely hoping that something can be worked out for these without the parents having to intervene. I have talked to a few parents and they all feel the same way. I am just trying to figure out how to handle this situation just in case it can't be worked out between the kids and admin. Wish us luck.
I suggest seeing if the teacher will let the class do a petition with other ideas on it. My mentor teacher let her class write persuasive essays for the principal with their suggestions for improving the lunch room experience and she did compromise a lot for them because of their essays.