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Just wondering how much prep time you receive each week at your school? Is it daily? A certain amount of hours per week? Thanks in advance for sharing.

I have some concerns about what is happening to the prep time at my school this year. We were told that some teachers do not even receive any prep time so we should be grateful for what we are given. I am curious to see how it looks in different places.

We are given 30 minutes each day usually at the same time. During this time our students go to art, music, computer, library, and gym. Our contract time is 7:30-3:30 with a 30 minute (if you can call it that) lunch.


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In my first district, it started out with 280 minutes per week. Then, after two years, they standardized the length of all specials and dropped one. After doing that, I was done to 240 minutes per week.

In the last Catholic school I was at, I had 285 minutes per week.

At the new Catholic school I'm at, I have 315 minutes per week.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:02 PM
 
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Daily 40 minute prep at the same time; however, one prep a month can be used by the principal for meetings. (Usually a post-observation meeting). We also get a daily 30 minute lunch.
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45 minutes a day and fairly strong contract language that protects it. It can be used “occasionally” for meetings. Those meetings are generally IEP meetings.

At my old building we met once a week as a team to plan. They used to be a good use of my plan and in the last year or so became less so. I don’t know what my new school does.

Our PLC meetings are twice a month either before or after school.

We also get a 40 minute, duty free lunch.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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Hmmm. By contract we have to have 220 minutes per week. We have early release so have 120 minutes there.

We only have PE, music or art, and library to get plan time and a collaboration time. So, three days a teacher will get plan, but one of those days will be collab time... so, you could end up with a 60 min plan, a 40 min Plan, and a 20 min plan, along with your two hours on Wed. It isnít much.

IEP meetings are one one day a week. Always, always, always your IEP is scheduled during your plan time. Always. I think they do it on purpose.


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Old 07-18-2019, 05:39 PM
 
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45 minutes daily, but we have mandatory CLC meetings once per week. We also get called to IEP or 504 meetings during our conference time.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:02 PM
 
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50 minute duty free lunch and 45 minute prep each day. We have 2 days that are extended for teachers only. On Mondays after kids school day we stay from 2:40-3:55 for PD and on Tuesdays we stay from 2:40-4:00 the first half is for parent engagement and the second half is for what ever we want. Wed-Fri we leave with the kids at 2:40

PS Our day begins with the kids at 8:20
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:34 PM
 
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My county Iíve always had 45 minutes. My first school, this was true prep time. My last school, we had meetings everyday, except sometimes we got Mondays to ourself.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:34 PM
 
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We have 50 minutes daily at the same time. During that time we can ďoccasionallyĒ be called for meetings- usually IEP. We do have to have one grade level meeting per week during that time.

We also have a late start day where we get 45 minutes to meet with grade level PLCs.

We get a 30 minute duty free lunch each day.
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In primary, we get one 30 minute prep time a week when students are in music. But if the music teacher is absent, we get none. Since primary is dismissed 30 minutes earlier than the intermediate grades, primary teachers get that period of time as their "prep". Unfortunately, most of us primary teachers are supervising students who have yet to be picked up by late parents so that prep time is minimal.

The intermediate grades get two 45 prep periods a week within the school hours.


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Old 07-18-2019, 07:29 PM
 
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We have 6 35 minute periods a week where our students are in specials, so 210 minutes per week (in our contract). One of those is our PLC time. Once a marking period or so we meet with our P during one of our preps to discuss data. One day a week we come in 30 minutes early for a PLC meeting (as per our contract). We have an additional 35 minute library period a week that we are required to be in, but able to use that time to check papers, write newsletters, etc. We have a 30 minute duty free lunch each day. We have an afternoon recess of 15 minutes that we rotate duty for, so some weeks you have that time as well. Thereís also about 15 minutes before we get our students and about 20-25 minutes after they leave that is contract time. Most days that time is yours to use as needed, though we do have staff meetings 2x a month after school during that time.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:51 PM
 
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Teachers have to be at school @ 8 am but arenít on duty w kids until 840. So that 40 min is our prep time. One day per week thatís used for PLC so on that day our kids have music so we get that time for our prep.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:26 PM
 
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We get one class period of planning a day. It is generally an hour. We meet with teams one day, grade level partners one day, and SED co-teachers one day. The other two days we sometimes pull kids for extra work.

Lunch is 20 minutes duty free. Most of us eat in the cafeteria because of limited time.

Our contract time is typically 7:50 to 3:20. We have kids from 8:00 until 3:00, although there are two rounds of busses and the second leaves closer to 3:10.

One day a week we have PLC’s until 4:30.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:19 PM
 
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We have a 30 minute prep daily. In addition, one day a week the school counselor comes in for a 30 minute guidance lesson, but we stay in the classroom. That can get canceled if she is needed somewhere else. IEP meetings, annual reviews, mid-year and summative conferences, meetings with principal ... can be scheduled during that time. RTI meetings are usually before school. PLCs are before or after school. Depending on the PLC, sometimes we get to choose when we are meeting. We can have up to 4 faculty meetings a month. Those are usually after school. We get a 30 minute duty-free lunch-actually less because we drop off and pick up our students.
School Day Student Arrival 8:50, Student Dismissal 3:40.

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Old 07-18-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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Mom23kids- wow! Thatís awesome ❤️ You only spend a little over 6 hours a day with the kids, 45 min planning, AND a 50 MINUTE LUNCH?! Iím super jealous right now! Haha- what is your calendar year like?
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:16 AM
 
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We get 200 min. weekly and 30 minute duty free lunch or recess daily.
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Our student contact time is from 8:00-2:55. We get one prep period thatís 42 minutes and one duty free lunch thatís 42 minutes. If our prep is canceled (Art, gym, music teacher is absent and no coverage for them) we are paid 44.50 for that 42 minutes we had to cover them.
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As a sped teacher my preps are dictated by how my schedule is set. This year I was fortunate not to have duties before or after school. So, that meant one 45 minute prep before school and one 30 to 45 minute prep in after school. Sometimes IEP meetings would be scheduled during those times. I was supposed to have a thirty minute duty free lunch and at least one daily 50 minute period devoted to either due process paperwork, meetings with gen ed teachers to fulfill indirect minutes on student IEPs, or prep.
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I didn’t read all of the other responses, but our contract time is 8:00-3:30. The student day is 8:45-3:00 (elementary).

Students enter rooms at 8:45 so we have 45 minutes in the morning.

Then during the day we get a 50 minute “specials” (kids are at art, music, PE, drama) each day. We have meetings one day a week during this time.

We get 25 minutes for lunch... ends up being like

Students get out an hour early every Wednesday’s and that extra hour without students is used for staff meetings/trainings.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:40 AM
 
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45 minutes of planning each day at the same time, BUT one of those days is taken for grade-level meetings. Then if we have IEP meetings or other things, those happen during that time too.
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Our prep time is a negotiated part of our contract. For elementary we get an average of 45 minutes a day every week. However some days I have 30 minutes, one day I have none, other days I have 70. It works out to about 45 minutes a day.

Of course the middle school and high school teachers get more than us and the specials in our building also get more than 45 minutes a day due to how the blocks are scheduled. Public school system.
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Wow! So jealous of those of you that get a prep time EVERY day! We get 40 min. 3x's a week All meetings are either during our lunch or after school. We've tried to get another planning time but it didn't pass.
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I have been at schools where we were lucky to get 20 min of prep and lunch with the kids in the cafeteria. So I know how lucky I am now. We have 45 min of prep while the kids are at specials, which is followed by lunch and recess. We have lunch duty every 6th school day and recess duty every 5th and 6th school days. If you don't have duty your time without students is 2 hours. Once a 9 weeks we have an extra PE duty during specials and once every 6 weeks we have an extra afternoon recess duty, otherwise we get an extra 30 min prep every Friday afternoon.
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We get 50 minutes 4 days per week. One day per week is for "team planning." Since my team is a little different (sped team) it's not like we can sit down together and plan out lessons, because we all teach different things. So for us this is scheduling meetings, problem solving around different kids, talking about whatever new district/state nonsense there is, etc.

We also have 30 minutes of contract time before students arrive and 30 minutes after students leave. We have duty 2 days per week for 15 minutes either morning or afternoon. Because of duties, they can't schedule meetings/PD for that time so the rest is yours. I will say though, we have an 8 hour contract day and students are with us for 7 hours. I didn't realize that was semi rare until reading about different schedules here. So a lot of people don't have that before/after school time but also have a shorter contract day and shorter time with students.

We also get a 40 minute lunch. I spend about 15-20 minutes eating/chatting with my teammate and work during the rest. Our previous P gave us 50 minutes! New P said that was too much time at lunch/recess and having it shorter would cut down on behaviors .
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we get 2 30-minute music a week; 2 30-minute PE a week; and 1 30-minute library a week. it hasn't always been one a day-one year i had 2 days with no preps and 2 days with 2---back-to-back--that was a glorious hour! i'm sure it varies from school to school.

we also have a 1 30-minute counselor lesson every other week--i try to stay in the room, but pop out for errands.

our contract is duty-free. (not sure what our contract says about those preps). we have 15 minutes of recess and 45 minutes of lunch.
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Contract hours are 8:00-3:30 student hours are 8:20-2:20 (but I have dismissal duty until 2:45 3 days a week) for grades 1-3. My non student hours are considered my prep time. I have to stay with my students for specials...and we arent supposed to work on anything else. We get a 35 minute duty free lunch technically but its really more like 30 if you have to be at x location when the bell rings and you cant drop kids off for lunch before the bell.
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I have never had prep time during the school day. I have always had a duty-free lunch (20-25 minutes). I have always had to teach all my own specials (so no time for prep period if I'm always with them kids outside of lunch).

Our official "prep time" was the 20 minutes after the kids went home each day.
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When I was working, the primary teachers had zero prep time. I was always jealous of teachers who posted about it.

All our specials were taught by parent volunteers, so we had to stay with kids. We had one 20 minute morning recess and a 45minute duty free lunch.
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We teach our own art, music, computer, and pe. Our librarian is a classified position so we need to stay there with the kids. We get 30 minutes prep time after school unless you have after school supervision that week.
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In the district I sub, teachers in grades 1-3 have two 30 minute preps per week, library and music. Teachers go to computers because the lab employee is a classified employee. Grade 4-5 teachers have an additional 60 minute PE prep once a week. In grades 1-3 the classroom teacher teaches PE.
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I have a 70 minute block every day. My contract time is 7:15-4:00 and I'm in secondary. During that block I'm common planning with my team or going to meetings as needed, but when not doing that I get time to plan. I know it's unusual, but I really appreciate it! On the downside, I have 180 kids that I see, but the plus side is I only have one subject to teach.

I really feel badly for those teachers in elementary that get maybe 15-20 min a day. That's not enough time to even run to the restroom and be productive! When I taught elementary, we took our breaks where we could get them as I was the resource teacher and didn't have the time during specials. The contract time was shorter, but then I was doing a lot of my planning at home on my own time.

Just crazy how different it all is.
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