Preparation Periods

a) Question: What are preparation times for a teacher?

Advice: Elementary preparation periods are weekly at each elementary school site (which includes special education), for grades 1-6 within the following guidelines: Two thirty (30) minute preparation times for each 1-6 teacher and one (1) forty-five (45) minute preparation time. Special education or certificated employees who are teacher of record will receive prep time. Full day kindergarten TK/K teachers shall have the same Preparation Schedule as a full time first grade teacher assigned to the school site [MCS-MTA Contract].

7th-12th grade teacher shall have a preparation period equivalent to a student instructional period [MCS-MTA Contract].

Prep providers shall have 24 hours of prep time per year scheduled by the District. The prep time shall be scheduled in no less than 30 minute blocks and no more than 1 hour per week. Transitional or natural breaks in a schedule shall not count towards a CLT or prep providers’ prep time. Computer Literacy Teachers will have eight (8) assigned periods per day. On collaboration days, Computer Literacy Teachers will have six (6) assigned periods [MCS-MTA Contract].

Speech Language Pathologists will have sixty (60) minutes of preparation time each week.

Note: Prep time not received due to holiday, full-day professional development, field trips, or minimum days will not be made up [MCS-MTA Contract].

b) Question: Can preparation time be interrupted?

Advice: The regular teacher on preparation time shall not be responsible for or interrupted for purposes of handling student discipline for misconduct occurring during preparation time [MCS-MTA Contract].

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