Are you ever asked to cover classes for other teachers during your planning period? I HATE this. At my last school, we had a 90 minute planning period but our contract said we had to have at least 45 minutes. So they could ask us to cover for up to half the period. If they gave me enough notice, I didn't really mind. I still had plenty of time to get stuff done. The past two years at my current job, we had a 45 minute plan and a 45 minute "duty" which was covering study hall. So normally for that duty, once the kids were situated, I could do some light planning or grading, so I still had a little time to get some things done. So if someone asked for me to cover during my plan, it was annoying, but I still had a little time in the day to plan. There is no contracted planning time. This year, however, because of budget cuts, we are teaching 7 periods and just have our 45 min plan - no light duty period. So it's not annoying - it downright makes me angry that I was asked to cover a class already this year. My plan isn't until 7th period, which means I have taught 6 classes without a break - and then I don't even get that. And there are so many rules and restrictions regarding turn around times for grades, all the paperwork we have to do, etc. I think I am going to ask my union rep if I can say no.