Our union sent us Frequently Asked Questions covering the extended time Mondays and Tuesdays.
For those who have great professional development and are working collaboratively with administration to make positive use of the extended time on Monday and Tuesday, please tell us how you are doing it. For everyone else, may Monday and Tuesday afternoons pass very quickly.
We have advice for anyone in the latter group: figure out how to become a multi-session school so you don't have to bother with any of this.
The UFT's Frequently Asked Questions:
Repurposed Workday FAQIn response to the many questions about the repurposed time in the workday, we’ve assembled the following FAQ to provide answers. For more information about the repurposed time, you can check the Contract 2014 section of the UFT website.
Who does the repurposed workday apply to?
It applies only to all classroom teachers (including speech teachers and Hearing Education Services teachers) and paraprofessionals in single-session schools unless a school has adopted a school-based option on the reconfiguration of time. Teachers and paras are the only staff required to do Professional Development, Parent Engagement and Other Professional Work during the repurposed time.
Does the repurposed workday apply to guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers, OTs and PTs, school secretaries, lab specialists, school nurses and supervisors of nurses/therapists?
No, it does not apply. People in those titles work the same number of hours and minutes each day and they do the same work during that time as they always have.
|Length of Workday|
|Guidance Counselors||6 hours, 30 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|Lab Specialists||6 hours, 30 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|OTs/PTs||6 hours, 25 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|School Psychologists||6 hours, 50 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|School Nurses||6 hours, 25 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|School Secretaries||7 hours, 20 minutes (including lunch period same length as teachers)|
|Social Workers||6 hours, 50 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
|Supervisors of Nurses/Therapists||7 hours, 10 minutes (exclusive of lunch)|
What is the schedule for the Professional Development, Parent Engagement and Other Professional Work time?
All single-session schools, except those that have adopted a school-based option to change their schedules, will have the following schedule:
Monday: There is an 80-minute block of time immediately following the school day that will be used for Professional Development. If less than the entire 80 minutes is used for Professional Development on a given day, the remaining time will be used for Other Professional Work. This period of time ends exactly 80 minutes after the end of the school day.
Tuesday: There is a 75-minute block of time immediately following the school day, 40 minutes of which is for parent engagement and 35 minutes for Other Professional Work. This period of time ends 75 minutes after the end of the school day. Paraprofessionals are only required to work the first 70 of the 75 minutes of this block.
For single-session schools that have not adopted an SBO on the reconfiguration of time, the school day plus the repurposed time must be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Can IEP conferences be scheduled during Parent Engagement time?
Yes, but only if all staff required to be at the IEP conferences are present. No one in job titles other than teachers can be required to attend IEP meetings during this time.
Can IEP conferences be scheduled during Other Professional Work time?
Who has to attend the four evening parent-teacher conferences (the back-to-school night in September plus regular conferences in November, March and May)?
All school-based teachers in single-session schools plus all guidance counselors, school social workers and psychologists in single-session schools must attend these four evening conferences. Paraprofessionals are among those who are not required to attend.
How long are these four evening parent-teacher conferences?
For teachers, they are three hours each. Guidance counselors, school social workers and psychologists attend for three hours in September and March and for the first two hours and 10 minutes of the conferences in November and May.
Do all schools have the two additional evening parent-teacher conferences in September and May?
No, only single-session schools hold them.