2. What is being proposed for the teacher work day next year?

The Teacher Advisory Council and the Principal Focus Group came to a consensus on four questions: 1) How many minutes should a teacher have to arrive before the start of school for students? 2) How many minutes after the end of school for students should a teacher have to stay? 3) How many total minutes in a week beyond the normal school day should a teacher have to stay in order to attend staff meetings, professional development, PLCs, or anything else that a principal deems important? 4) Should the District pay for after-school tutoring in the core subject areas? The consensus was:  Principals have the flexibility to require up to a combined total of 30 minutes for teachers to be at work before and after school. For most schools, principals would require teachers to arrive 15 minutes before the start of school and stay 15 minutes after students are released. However, a principal could, for example, ask teachers to come 20 minutes before the start of school and stay only 10 minutes after students are released. A principal could also require fewer minutes. A school could choose to allow teachers to arrive when the students arrive as long as they are prepared to deliver high quality instruction immediately. o Almost everyone agreed that the principals should continue to create a “duty  schedule”  (for  bus  duty,  staffing  the  metal  detectors,  or  other   standard duties) as this was important for the safety of the students.  Principals could require teachers to be at school up to 90 minutes in a week beyond the normal school day for staff meetings, professional development, PLCs, or other important reasons as determined by the principal. This time could be allocated over two days (e.g. 45 minutes on Tuesdays and 45 minutes on Thursdays). Principals are not required to use the 90 minutes and could choose to reduce the amount.  Teachers will not be required to stay after school for after-school tutoring. The District will pay for two days of after-school tutoring in the core subject areas. o The District is still working on the specifics of this after-school tutoring.

Q&A, Issue No. 13 – 20 Feb 2013

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