Length of School Day

Unless modified through a School Based Option (SBO) pursuant to Article 8B of the Teachers' CBA, the school day shall be 6 hours and 20 minutes Monday through Friday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the day shall start no earlier than 8 a.m. and end no later than 4 p.m.

On Mondays there will be an 80-minute block of professional development immediately following the conclusion of the school day. On Tuesdays there will be a 75-minute block immediately following the conclusion of the school day that consists of 40 minutes for parent engagement activities and a 35-minute block of time for Other Professional Work. On Wednesday through Friday, the day shall begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and end no later than 3:45 p.m.  On citywide professional development days the workday shall be 6 hours and 50 minutes.

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.

Using school-based options (SBOs)

The staff of individual schools has the flexibility to modify the configuration of the school day using the SBO process based on the needs and philosophy of each school community. The 2014 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.

The possibilities are, of course, not limited to these options. 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.

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