How often are you pulled to cover during your planning period(s)?

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  1. zmp2018

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    This is something I find interesting. Where I student-taught, my school had a ten-period day, and most teachers had two 40-minute prep periods. 99% of the time, my mentor was pulled every day for one or both of his preps to cover for another teacher.

    Where I am a sub right now, we have six 1-hour long periods. All teachers get one prep period. I am not typically asked to cover a class during that period (which is good and bad -- it's nice to have that time to myself, but because I do not necessarily have anything to "prep," I am sometimes bored.)

    How often are you pulled during your prep(s)?
     
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    Never
     
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    Maybe a couple of times a school year. It's very rare, and usually in an instance of an emergency, or a school event has a lot of teachers out of the classroom. But it is very rare!
     
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    A lot, actually. I get paid extra for subbing so I don’t mind at times, but sometimes I feel like I’m being taken advantage of.
     
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    Our teacher-librarian gets pulled quite a bit, and our ELL and Special Ed Resource teachers do get pulled in a pinch. As classroom teachers, we are occasionally asked to keep our class if a specialty teacher is away without a sub. If we miss a prep, or have to cover, we are always paid back the time.

    If we have a sub, they should never be asked to cover during a prep period in my timetable, although many of our preferred subs to go to the office to see where they can help out.
     
  7. zmp2018

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    I have heard a lot of subs being "used and abused" when it comes to coverages. I think, from the district's standpoint, that it is more cost-effective to have the sub, who is most likely only paid a daily rate, to cover for another class. Many districts either give teachers comp time or pay them extra money.
     
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    About once a week---we have 3 free periods a day though, so it isn't the end of the world to give up one of them. We do get paid, but not much. I don't mind when I get called to cover another math class or something, but when they make me cover like PE or band, it's a little annoying.
     
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    I'm in Ontario, and our subs have their own collective agreement. Part of that is that they follow the schedule of the teacher they are replacing and not be assigned additional duties or responsibilities. It makes sense, and does show a lot of respect for these guest teachers in our buildings.
     
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    I, too, get three preps and your situation very closely mirrors mine. Though, I get $25 for each class that I sub for — subs in my area get paid $175 per day and I have 7 classes, so $175/(7 classes) = $25/class.
     
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    Yeah, we get $20 per class, which is fine if I am covering a regular class in a nearby classroom. $20 to walk down to the gym, set up the equipment, and babysit in there isn't worth it. I don't recall how much our subs are paid, but it ends up being cheaper for the district to have teachers fill in for the classes than to hire the sub for the day.
     
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    Yeah, I had to sub for PE once and had to walk all the way to the other side of the school. I was quite irritated.
     
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    I work in a smaller private school, so sometimes, if people are out, or there is a need to cover IEP meetings, it helps to be flexible. After all, you may cover today, but someone else may end up covering for you tomorrow. We do get paid extra if we work through a prep or a lunch, but it's mostly about supporting colleagues and an admin that tries very hard to support us. I tend to go with the flow without any ill feelings. Maybe it is a result of the number of years I subbed; I always tried to be useful while still being pleasant. It could be the reason that I was asked to sub about 170 out of the 180 day school year. If you see the big picture, that people are doing the best they can, it makes it somewhat easier to be flexible, without ill-will.
     
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    I teach at at middle school and I have one prep period each day and one period that is team planning every other day and a duty every other day. The duty changes each marking period and is either cafeteria, ISS, hall duty, or cover as needed. When my duty is cover as needed then if I have to cover a class, I cover a class. If not, I get an extra prep period. Same with ISS, if there is ISS then I have a duty and if there isn't ISS it's an extra prep. We're not paid extra for coverage as we always get the prep period, so all we're losing is an extra prep beyond what our contract states. I would estimate I only have to do coverage once every other week. They will always give a sub the classroom coverage before a regular teacher as they figure the regular teacher will benefit more from the extra prep period vs giving a sub two free periods in a day. We also have a full time building sub so that person often ends up with the cover as needed so that also helps reduce the amount that regular teachers have to do.
     
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    I do not actually have a formal prep period, so I am unable to cover another class.
    I have lunch (during the student's lunch) to work on plans and help students who stay for lunch work time.
     
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    Almost daily.
     
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    I’m so sorry. Why are your colleagues seemingly chronically absent?
     
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    Horrible kids.
     
  20. futuremathsprof

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    Oof. It can’t be that bad, can it?

    And I don’t understand how the teachers at your school can be absent so much as they are only allowed a certain number of sick/personal days per year. Could you elaborate on that?
     
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    I'm not in the same situation as whiz, but it's probably different teachers each time. My school has close to 200 teachers so if each took off even a minimal 2 days each year that's 200*2*5(classes)=2000 classes to be covered.
     
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