I wasn't counting the play outside time in my lunch time allotment. They do get time outside, my issue is that they are hustled out there before they have a chance to eat!
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 9 ) and Juliet ( 5 )
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I remember waiting in line for 15 min sometimes in the lunch line. Then I had only 15 min to eat, shoving food in my mouth. 45 min would be ideal for kids in school.
As for employers, I learned there is no federal law mandating any sort of 15 min breaks or 30 min lunch breaks. The only time you could argue it, if it is in the employers' hand book and then they were not granting it to you. Here is the link: U.S. Department of Labor - Find It By Topic - Work Hours - Breaks and Meal Periods
Aren't breaks/lunch a state law thing. I know Mass. has laws on how many/how long you have to get as minimum depending on hours worked.
The schools here give just under an hour. I think 50 minutes - 5 minutes on either side of the lunch break to get the kids settled for lunch and then outside after lunch. I don't think I've ever seen a public school with a lunch program or cafeteria where the kids stand in line for food. They all bring it. I get a full hour and just about every single person I know gets the same.