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School counselor hours

Article 6 says:

Counselors work hours are six hours and 30 minutes exclusive of lunch every day.

To clarify:

If the school’s lunch period is:

  • 30 minutes, the counselor works 6 1/2 hours plus the 30 minutes — a total of 7 hours, five days a week.
  • 40 minutes, the counselor works 6 1/2 hours plus the 40 minutes — a total of 7 hours and 10 minutes, five days a week.
  • 45 minutes, the counselor works 6 1/2 hours plus the 45 minutes — a total of 7 hours and 15 minutes, five days a week.
  • 50 minutes, the counselor works 6 1/2 hours plus the 50 minutes — a total of 7 hours and 20 minutes, five days a week.

Also:

Counselors are still governed by Article 7B. They do not cover classes, do lunch duty, dismissal duty, etc. They are not involved in Circular 6 issues. Counselors do not do small group tutoring in extended time.

Extended time as per the 2014 UFT contract

  • The repurposing of time for professional development, parent engagement and Other Professional Work does not apply to guidance counselors.
  • Teachers are working longer on Mondays and Tuesdays. But our workday on Monday and Tuesday ends at the usual time for us.
  • When the teachers’ day is shorter, we do not leave early. We work our contractual time and leave at the end of our work day.
  • Guidance counselors in single-session schools where everyone reports at the same time no longer have to attend faculty conference and departmental meetings. In lieu of them, there are two additional parent-teacher conferences that we are required to attend. This applies only to single-session schools. Guidance counselors in multi-session schools and Districts 79 and 75 are not affected by this change, unless the school has adopted a school-based option to reconfigure its time.