Knowing our rights empowers us to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students.
– Donna Teuteberg, LCSW, School Social Worker
Elementary: Teachers are entitled to a 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: 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 is free from specific duty assignments—this is your time to plan and prepare.
Essential and Related Service Educators: All educators (except for Diagnosticians, Transition Specialists and School Psychologists) are guaranteed the same amount of prep time as teachers.
These Are Your Weingarten Rights
If you are called into your principal’s office to be questioned about your conduct or a specific incident, and believe that this could lead to a reprimand, suspension or termination, you may assert your Weingarten Rights. In such cases, you can request the meeting be stopped and to have a union representative present when the meeting resumes later. You have the right to consult privately with the union representative before the meeting continues.
Principals have 2 hours for every 20 working days, or one month, to schedule mandatory meetings outside the duty day. The two hours do not “roll over” to the next month.
Your sick leave is a guaranteed contractual right. You can take sick leave whenever you feel sick or to go to a doctor’s appointment at any time. If a principal suspects abuse of sick leave (usually indicated by a pattern of usage), she/he can ask for a doctor’s note.
A doctor’s note can be requested if a person misses 4 or more consecutive days, or if a person misses a Friday AND the following Monday.
If yes, then up to 5 staff at your school can opt to take .2 extended contracts to cover the vacant position. The school can keep the vacancy posted until it’s filled. Once the vacancy is filled, the caseload and FTE return to their original state.
If no, but a teacher caseload is still high, the “Overload Compensation” formula applies. This is applicable when a teacher is doing the IEP work for any student that is added to your caseload, over your 1.0 or 1.2.
If administration is asking you to do something that is against your negotiated agreement, ATF advises members to comply at that time, then grieve later. First, let your administration know that they’re asking you to do something that’s against your contractual rights. Then, comply with the request and call your ATF Staff Rep.