Copy Limit-- What's Yours?

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  1. Teachings4Me

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    I know this topic has been around for awhile, but in light of ever increasing cuts, do you have a copy limit?

    I teach 4th Grade ELA (did not get workbooks for my 30 students until about 5 weeks in) and 5th & 6th grade Technology (4 classes a day)--- I had 10 working laptops to use in my classes until LAST WEEK. Needless to say, I've nearly gone through my 7500 copies... only 80 left for the remainder of the year. I've been as creative as possible, having students work on individual worksheets in pairs and small groups, having students answer questions on their own lined paper from a worksheet I've projected, ditching worksheets altogether whenever possible, etc. I've REALLY tried to be conservative, but I will still need to make copies! I will still need to print assessments! What do they expect me to do? I can NOT afford to be paying for my own copies.

    How are teachers around you handling it?
     
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    No limit.
     
  4. RadiantBerg

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    None. It's not tracked or anything.
     
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    No limit. I'm thankful for this, especially since I don't have a textbook.
     
  6. JustMe

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    Never a limit. But we did run out of paper once for a few weeks. That was a bit difficult!
     
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    We don't have a limit, and if I did... well, I always put a ream of copy paper on my supply list as a "classroom supply need." Long story short, the school could stop giving me paper altogether and it would be 2015 before I'd start getting worried.

    My old school gave each teacher two boxes, so 20 reams of paper altogether. It was awful as a SPED teacher, since that included all the paper needed for IEPs (which needed to be given to 13 different people in full for every addendum or new IEP... awful!). For the last two months of the school year, after I had already submitted my resignation, I gave a copy of each IEP to the principal, told her I was out of paper, and that if she wanted the school to remain in compliance, she could print copies herself.
     
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    Good for you! My dad says I need to start making my copies at Office Max and send the school a bill with a note attached: "If you were decent human beings, you'd reimburse me for these copies so I can do what you hired me to do: teach the children!" Har har, Pops. I can see that going over well!
     
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    We have a limit on color copies (I think it's 500, but I get more because of my position), but no limit on black and white.
     
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    No limit. If we're copying anything big, we have to get it signed off. Other than that, we're free to make as many copies as we like through the graphics department at our school. In addition, we each get a case of paper (10 reams) in the beginning of the year and sometimes again at the beginning of the second semester. This paper is meant to be used for incidentals and "teacher" stuff, not necessarily for student handouts or anything like that.
     
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    We don't really have limits. I just have to take our paper with me each time I have to print things. If I spend things to the printer I just have to use my code to retrieve it when I go to the copy room.
     
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    This year no limits so far. If we start going through paper unusually fast, our limit gets set at 3000 a month.
     
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    Oh jeez, everyone! I thought more people had copy limits! Ours were implemented last year (I taught all technology with a functioning computer lab) but they've cut them by a 1/4 this year... Any suggestions on how to survive the next 25 weeks?
     
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    No limit.
     
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    It's 1600 a month. My problem is that I make copies by unit. No rollover, so I'm having to adjust my schedule. Plus, we have to give mandatory weekly quizzes, and they're 10 pages each. No informational text in our textbooks, do we have to make copies.
     
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    No limit to the copy room copier. I also have access to a laser printer for any color copies I may need or want.
     
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    No limits. I keep waiting for it, though.
     
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    I think I get 3500 per semester. I am not sure about that though.
     
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    No limit!

    At my previous school, our copy limit was 900 per month. I had 150 students. That meant I could hypothetically make about 6 six copies for each student every month. This included any tests, quizzes, projects, and homework for that month. But I always had to use some of that up for other school-related copies, so I ended up with less copies for the kids.

    Our administrators outright told us that if we were good enough teachers, we would be creative enough to get by on that. We didn't even have enough books for all of our students...
     
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    We get a 200 dollar copy/print budget per semester. Each copy costs a tenth of a cent. I copy a ton of stuff each week and I still have over 100 dollars left in my budget, which will reset to 200 in January. Supposedly no one has ever actually gone over the limit. They also have a "print shop" where you can send things for bulk printing and it doesn't come out of your budget.
     
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    Over the limit? Under arrest!
     
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    The only practical solution I can think of is find a sympathetic teacher who doesn't use his or her limit and beg.

    I know very strongly that I would NOT pay for copies for school, ever.
     
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    I'm really surprised that so many people don't have limits!

    Our monthly limit is 1,250.

    7,500 copies a YEAR is ridiculous, especially since it sounds like you teach at least three large classes. I only have 20 students total and I couldn't get by on that little.

    If I were you, I would talk to administration. Our assessments do NOT come out of our copy allotment because they are required. No way should you be paying for that!!!! Are there other teachers at your school with the same problem?
     
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    No limit, though we're asked to be mindful of both the budget and the enviornment.
     
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    No limits, no code.
     
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    No limits. However, it's only because we're lucky enough to have outside funding. I know at least some of the other schools in the district do have limits or are given a set amount of paper that they must use each time they make copies. Once the paper is out, it's pretty much out. I don't know the numbers for those limits.
     
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    We have a code, but no limits. We are strongly discouraged from making color copies. Last spring the principal added a ream of copy paper to each grade level supply list, without telling us. We were all a little surprised when families started showing up at Open House with paper!
     
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    None. A couple years ago it was 500 sheets a quarter which was unreasonable especially since we have weekly homework packets and sub work to prepare. Then the p assigned a substitute to sit in the copy room and their only job was to copy. You were required to turn in the stuff you wanted to copy 24 hours in advance and the P had to look at it amd if she deemed it worthy of copying, you got your copies. It was a pain and annoying because honestly, i am not that organized. Sometimes i think of a math activity during reading and want to copy it right before. Or my teammate might have a great worksheet i want to use and i don't see it until a few hours before that subject, not always a whole day.

    Luckily for us that system didnt last.
     
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    None.
    No code.
    (We can "print" to our copier and it will front/back and even staple. Cool).

    I use a CMS (Canvas), so I make very few copies anymore.
     
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    I, along with another teacher, have reached out to the person in charge of the matter. We were both ignored. It's as simple as if I had the resources I needed, I could probably stay under this limit. I'm not opposed to the idea of a limit because it does cause you to be mindful about what you're printing, but I feel like 7500 for a year is a bit ridiculous.
     
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    200/month on the school's copy machine

    We also have a print center, where we're supposed to send things that we need more than 5 copies for. They can usually get it back to you in 2 days. They don't set a limit, but they do send your P an email if you send tons of stuff in. I've never received "the email," but I've heard stories!
     
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    Infinity- thank goodness!
     
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    No limit but we have a code. I use the secretary's code because mine only works at the copy machine on the other side of the school and our tech person won't fix it.
     
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    When I first came to this school we had a limit, but our principal would give you the code for extra copies. The following year we got new copiers and since then we have had no limits. We have been warned not to use too much paper though several times.
     
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    No limit, no code.
     
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    We have a 10,000 copy limit for the school year. I teach 40 kids for 2 cores during the day. I am buying my own copy/printer for the classroom (one with a toner, not printer ink) with a high toner yield.

    Ours is not tracked by paper but by actual copy. So if you copied double-sided, it wouldn't matter, each side would be tracked as a separate copy.
     
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    Having a sub to copy papers seems totally contradictory - the money that went toward the sub could be used to pay for the extra copies.

    We don't have any kind of limit where I teach, but no one else really makes copies. I do, and I feel like I get judged for it every time.
     
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    No limit, but we do have a code. I purchased a ton of Scholastic e books during their $1 sale, and the secretary has been printing them off for me on the copy machine because I can't send them there myself. But then I make copies for my team of them, so it's been a lot of copies lately. I've also purchased a LOT of TPT stuff for interactive notebooks, so I've been making those copies for the kids. But we use workbooks for math, so that helps. :)

    I'm def. a paper person. I love having thick files in my cabinet full of resources and notes to use. I work hard to recycle and carpool, ect. but paper is my downfall. :)
     
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    1,500 a month. I never make it. I usually run out by the 18th and then have to buy them at OfficeMax or have sucky assignments/notes.
     
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    I don't have one, but we are expected to do a lot electronically as the students all have laptops.
     
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    no limit :D
     

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