School system playing roulette w/kids...
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Grandparent

Lawrenceburg, TN

#41 Feb 2, 2013
Cletus wrote:
Teacher, those times are not accurate. Plain and simple. Y'all have told this lie for so long no one knows the truth. Teachers work 7 on duty and 30 minutes off= 7.5.
Also, coaches choose to coach and get paid extra for it. No sympathy here.
Grandparent, when did you teach? Was it before we built snows days?
I've only been retired a year and a half. So I was there when the snow days were built in. At our school, we were there by 7:45 and left at 3:15.

The 30 minutes were added to the school day over 20 years ago (around 1985-1990) to avoid having to make up a lot of snow days. The extra 30 minutes added up to 13 built in snow days. Teachers received no extra compensation for the extra 30 minutes.

After a time, a vote was taken and a majority of teachers said they wanted to keep the 30 minutes because it gave added instructional time. BUT, as a part of that vote they chose to use 3 of the days as professional development days.(Days teachers would come to school for meetings and students would stay at home). And then those 3 days were subtracted from the student attendance days. The state allows this.

The day length is juggled to accommodate bus pick-ups. The elementary schools are in session a shorter number of hours than the middle and high schools. From what I've always understood the state allows the hours to count based on the 7 hours students are in attendance at the high schools and middle schools.

Throughout my teaching career in MC, teachers were told to be at school 15 minutes before the arrival of students and to stay 15 minutes after the last bell. Some teachers are there when they're supposed to be and leave at the correct time. Like everything else that goes on in MC schools, others slide in late and slip out early.
Teacher

Troy, NC

#42 Feb 4, 2013
Cletus wrote:
Teacher, those times are not accurate. Plain and simple. Y'all have told this lie for so long no one knows the truth. Teachers work 7 on duty and 30 minutes off= 7.5.

Also, coaches choose to coach and get paid extra for it. No sympathy here.

Grandparent, when did you teach? Was it before we built snows days?
That's what I said, 7.5, thanks for verifying that those figures ARE accurate. And yes, coaches do choose to coach for about 20 cents an hour. Just stating a fact, not looking for sympathy. Thanks for enlightening us with your "wisdom".:-).

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