As required by the TDSB, Blythwood provides supervision to those students who have no other choice but to be at school for lunch. However, we do have space constraints and it is preferable for children to eat at home if at all possible. We understand that for students participating in choir, After Four or other programs offered at lunchtime, there may not be enough time for them eat lunch at home and return to school before the program starts. Their attendance in the lunchroom will be temporary, based on their participation in the extracurricular program at noon.
Lunch is from 11:35 to 12:40 p.m. Students will be in the basement hallway or lunch room until approximately 12:00 p.m. and outside from 12:00 to 12:40 p.m. unless cold weather/rain requires us to lengthen the indoor portion of lunch. Lunchroom supervisors are assigned to the gymnasium/classroom/outdoor areas.
There is no access to microwaves or refrigerators for students participating in the lunch program.
Blythwood has a “Litterless Lunch” policy. Please send your child’s food and beverage in reusable, (e.g.thermos) or recyclable containers wherever possible. Students are asked to take all garbage home. During the lunch period, students are expected to show proper table manners and act in a manner that is safe and respectful towards other students and the supervisors. Students are expected to clear their own tables. If students are unable to follow the rules and routines of the lunchroom, parents will be notified and alternate arrangements must be made.
Student Lunchroom Routines
Wait for bell to ring at 11:35. Bring your lunch and your outdoor clothes (jackets, boots, hats, mitts, etc.) to the lunchroom. Go to the bathroom and get a drink if necessary. You will not be permitted to go back to your cubby or locker during lunch.
Sit at your designated lunch table, organized by class.
Do not wander around the lunchroom or visit students at other tables. Remain seated at your assigned table until your class is dismissed by the lunch room supervisors.
Talk quietly to your friends.
Bathroom visits should be made before coming to the lunchroom before 11:35, however in an emergency, ask for permission.
Take all garbage home with you in your lunch bag (litterless lunch) unless you had pizza lunch, in which case put the garbage in the appropriate garbage/ recycling can.
Wait to be dismissed by class. Do not go upstairs or in any other hallway.
Once outside, do not come inside unless it is a real emergency. All bathroom visits and drinks should have been taken prior to sitting down in the lunchroom. If you must come inside, ask for permission from the supervisor, get a pass and take a friend. Tell the supervisor when you return outside and return the pass.
Students who stay for lunch must remain on school property for the entire lunch.
Students who normally stay for lunch must bring a note to the office if they will be absent on any day. Lunch arrangements with friends must be made prior to the day of the lunch.
All lunch bags must be labeled (preferably on the outside) in permanent marker with the student’s name.