Duty Free Lunch
Classroom teachers or full-time librarians are entitled to at least a 30-minute lunch period free from all duties and responsibilities connected with the instruction and supervision of students.
- The district may not require the teacher to have their lunch in the cafeteria or even on school property.
Exceptions to the duty-free lunch rules:
A school district may require a classroom teacher or librarian entitled to a duty fee lunch to supervise students during lunch not more than one day per week:
- Because of a personnel shortage;
- Extreme economic conditions; or
- An unavoidable or unforeseen circumstance.
Tex. Educ. Code 21.405
19 Tex. Admin. Code 153.1001
Planning and Preparation
Each classroom teacher is entitled to at least 450 minutes within each 2-week period for instructional preparation, including parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students’ work, and planning.
TexEduc. Code 21.404
The board of trustees of a school district may not require an employee of the district to pay for a textbook or instructional technology that is stolen, misplaced, or not returned by a student.
Texas Education Code: 31.104