Extended Time

The 2014 contract eliminated all mandatory faculty, grade and department conferences and repurposed the 37.5 minutes per day that had previously been used for small-group tutoring to include time for training, parent engagement and Other Professional Work. Schools can choose one of two pre-approved time-use models that require a school-based option (SBO) vote, pursue their own model using the SBO process, or go with the default schedule, which does not require an SBO vote.

Regardless of the time-use model that a school chooses, the school day remains the same length as before: six hours and 20 minutes.

Single-session schools have the opportunity to do an SBO to choose how to repurpose their time, but if they don’t the default schedule will apply.

The UFT and the DOE clarified the following issues for the 2015–16 school year:

  • For the time allotted for Other Professional Work, teachers can choose from the activities listed in the contract over the course of the year. Principals can direct the teachers to an activity on the list “on an as-needed basis” to improve class instruction and meet the needs of the school as outlined in its Comprehensive Education Plan. During the 2016–17 school year, the union grieved the fact that principals were assigning teachers to activities. The UFT and the DOE further clarified the use of this time: "On an as-needed basis, principals can direct teachers or paraprofessionals to activities on the list but as per this decision cannot on a regular basis and must be the exception rather than the rule."
  • Meetings with parents of English language learners have been added to the list of permissible activities during the Parent Engagement time.
  • Schools may use the school-based option process in the contract to expand the list of Parent Engagement activities.

The default schedule for single-session schools

  • On Mondays, an 80-minute block of time immediately following the school day will be used for training. If less than the entire 80 minutes is used for training on a given day, the remaining time will be used for Other Professional Work.
  • On Tuesdays, there will be a 75-minute block of time immediately following the school day. Paraprofessionals will work 5 minutes less on this day.
    • Teachers will use 40 minutes to engage in one or more of the following parent engagement activities: face-to-face meetings, phone calls, written correspondence including email, creating newsletters, creating content for a school or class website or school answering machine, and preparing report cards or progress reports. Parent Engagement time can also be used to prepare for any of the above. Principals may not add activities to this list. If less than the entire 40 minutes is spent on Parent Engagement on a given Tuesday, the remaining time will also be used for Other Professional Work, as detailed below. 
    • Teachers will use 35 minutes for Other Professional Work specifically: collaborative planning, Lesson Study, inquiry and review of student work, MOSL-related work, IEP-related work (excluding IEP meetings), data entry or other work related to computer systems, preparing or grading student assessments, mentoring and/or responsibilities related to the new teacher leadership positions. If teachers wish to engage in professional work not on this list, they may do so with the principal’s permission. Principals may not add activities to this list.

The workday will begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and end no later than 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and no later than 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Using school-based options (SBOs)

The contract provides for two pre-set options to modify the workday in single-session schools, which schools may ratify using the SBO process:

80/40/35 option:

  • On Mondays, an 80-minute block for training immediately following the school day.
  • On Tuesdays, a 40-minute block for Parent Engagement activities immediately following the school day.
  • On Thursdays, a 35-minute block for other professional work immediately following the school day.
  • On all days, if the designated activities take less time, teachers would use the remaining time for Other Professional Work.
  • The workday will begin no earlier than 8 a.m. each day and end no later than 4 p.m. on Mondays and no later than 3:45 on Tuesday through Friday.

100/55 option:

  • On Mondays, a 100-minute block for training immediately following the school day.
  • On Tuesdays, a 55-minute block for Parent Engagement activities immediately following the school day.
  • On both days, if the designated activities take less time, teachers use the remaining time for Other Professional Work.
  • The workday will begin no earlier than 8 a.m. each day and end no later than 4 p.m. on Mondays and no later than 3:45 on Tuesday through Friday.

Each school has the freedom to propose other configurations of the time using the SBO process, subject to the approval of the DOE and the UFT.

Multi-session, District 79 and District 75 schools

The default workday schedule and the two pre-approved SBOs don’t apply to multi-session, District 75 and District 79 schools. These schools may maintain their current schedules. The staff at these schools is, however, encouraged to propose ideas for reconfiguring the day to carve out time for training, Parent Engagement and Other Professional Work using the SBO process.

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