Prep Time, Class Size & Teaching Load

Prep Time

The demands on our time have grown steadily and this trend makes it even more important to stand up for your right to sufficient prep time. Some things to remember about your prep time (Article 5.C.):

Elementary: Teachers are entitled to a weekly minimum of 220 prep minutes per 5-day week calculated in at least 20-minute increments. If you have early release Wednesdays, you are entitled to a minimum of two consecutive hours of uninterrupted prep time on all modified Wednesdays.

Middle School: Teachers are entitled to a minimum of 225 prep minutes. Teachers are not required to attend Collaboration if the 225 minutes have not been met.

High School Block Schedule: Teachers are entitled to 450 minutes of prep time per two-week work period.

At all levels, time spent in Collaboration is not considered prep time. All preparation time is free from specific duty assignments—this is your time.

If you’re consistently losing prep time, document your loss of time. Use this documentation to support a conversation with your administrator. You must either be compensated for this lost time or come to an agreement with your administrator to adjust for the lost time.

Finally, minimums are not the same as maximums. If your school’s schedule allows for more than the minimum amount of prep time as defined above, that does not mean the “extra” time can be taken from you.

Click here to download the Elementary Prep Time Worksheet.


Class Size and Teaching Load

At the beginning of every school year, student enrollment numbers fluctuate before the first 20-day count. Often, the causes of this are beyond the control of anyone at your school; however, sometimes there are things you can do when you are over your maximum.

If you exceed your maximum class size or teaching load before the first 20-day count, talk with your administrators and work with them to solve the problem. Sometimes, issues with overcrowding or uneven classes can be solved early at the school level, instead of waiting for the 20-day count and disrupting teaching and learning later in the school year.