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  1. TeacherWhoRuns

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    I accepted a job this year teaching an art pull-out that I love and in a district that so far I really am pleased with. The only issue is the distance. It's a 40 mile commute, which doesn't seem far, and wouldn't be an issue if not for the traffic here. School hours are 8:45 to 3:15. I leave home at 6:00am and get there somewhere around 7:45, which is fine. I use the hour to prep. If I leave home any later in the morning I get stuck in worse traffic and run the risk of being late.
    Then going home if I leave at 3:30, I get home somewhere between 5:30 and 5:45. All told, it's close to a twelve hour day. The sad part is, this isn't unusual here where the cost of living pushes people way out of the city.
    The school hours seem late to me. The district I just left went from 8:15 to 2:50.
    What is your schedule at your school? (Elementary)
     
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  3. Ms.Holyoke

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    Our kids come in for homeroom at 7:35. I usually get to school around 7am. Classes start at 8am and the school day ends at 2:20. Teachers are required to stay until 2:40. The school hours you posted seem normal to me because you start so late.
     
  4. YoungTeacherGuy

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    The work hours the OP posted are perfectly normal. I worked at a late start school that was 9:05-3:35. I am now at an early start school that is 7:40-2:05. We all have staggered start/end times due to only having a certain # of busses available.
     
  5. Zelda~*

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    My work hours are 8:10 - 3:50. Kids are there from 8:35 - 3:35.
     
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    My contacted hours are 7:35-3:45. Students are there 7:50-3:15.
     
  7. mathmagic

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    Not out of the norm.
    8:45-3:20 school hours here, 7:35-3:35 teacher hours.
     
  8. MrsC

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    Our school day is from 8:30 until 3:00. Teachers are expected to be in the building 15 minutes before students arrive and can leave once all of their students are safely dismissed.
     
  9. Ima Teacher

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    8:00 to 3:35 for teachers

    8:15 to 3:15 for kids

    I live 4 miles from work. Rural roads. I usually leave my house between 7:15 and 7:30 and go home around 4.
     
  10. MissScrimmage

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    8:45-3:30 for kids, 8:35-3:30 for teachers.
     
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    My hours are 7:30-4:00. Students are 8-3:30.
     
  12. waterfall

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    Those are short hours! We used to be 7:30-3:30 for teachers and 8:00-3:00 for students. This year, due to construction in the district they changed our hours to 8:00-4:00. 4 days per week I tutor until 5:00 (paid), and on the 5th day we have a staff meeting until 5:00 every other week. One day per week I have to be there at 7:15 AM for PLC (paid), and then an additional 1x monthly leadership meeting (unpaid) also at 7:15.

    I actually love the new schedule. I used to go to the gym after school. This year, I've been waking up at the same time I used to when school started at 7:30 and working out at home right away. I can finish an entire workout in the time it used to take me just to drive to/from the gym! With not having to mess with the gym after school, I actually get home around the same time even though we used to end earlier and we didn't have tutoring last year.

    My morning commute tends to be a lot lighter than the afternoon. Morning is 20-30 minutes while the afternoon is generally a minimum of 40 minutes.
     
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    7:25-2:30 for teachers
    7:35-2:25 for students

    I usually get to school around 6:15 though. I'm a morning person so I get A LOT done between 6:15-7:30. No one at the copy machine, building nice and quiet, etc.
     
  14. MissScrimmage

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    Same here! I get there at 7:30 and get so much done by the time the students arrive at 8:45.
     
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    At my school, student hours are 8:10-3 (elementary) or 3:10 (high school). Teachers are required to be at school for 8 hours starting by 7:40 and ending no earlier than 3:25 (except Fridays, we can leave as soon as the busses leave).
     
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    I have to be to school a little after 7am and school ends shortly before 3:30pm. I usually leave around 4:30-5pm (with some days lasting until 6-7pm as I attend after-school events or advise clubs), except it takes me around 8-10 minutes to get home as I live very close by. Your commute time seems *very* long for only living 40 minutes away. The traffic must be maddening.

    I do, however, drive about 2 hours each day because I private tutor on the side, but I elect to do that as I benefit financially.
     
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    8:00 - 4:00 for teachers. 8:15 - 3:50 for students.
     
  18. Anonymous425

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    8:30 to 4:30 for teachers and 9:05 to 3:55 for students. For some reason, the days are longer than the other district I will be subbing for soon which is about 8:45 to 3:15 for students.
     
  19. otterpop

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    Which did you like more?

    We start at 8:20 and go to around 3:00, but I'd rather have an earlier start. I like having more time in the evening.
     
  20. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I do not like the later start. Late start = late day in general.
     
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    My contract hours are 8:20 to 3:00. I usually get to school around 8am, and I try to leave at 3pm at least two times per week. On meeting days (2-3 days/week), I am usually here until about 4-4:30. I usually stay late (4:30-4:45) once a week on a rare non-meeting day just to get work done.
     
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    I have a 70 mile commute, but 65mph highways, so leave home at 6:30 and get to school by 7:40. I don’t technically have to be there until 8. For students day is 8:30- 3:20. We have to stay until 3:30. I leave as soon as I have labs or whatever set up and try to do as much as possible from home just to reduce the classroom burnout. I still am perplexed where my evening goes! My second year in is going smoother prep-wise for my five classes, but I am also finishing my masters degree which suffers frequently!
     
  23. otterpop

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    Phew! That tires me out just to read.
     
  24. futuremathsprof

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    This is reason #723 why I like you YTG. This is what I appreciate about my earlier starting time at my school.
     
  25. futuremathsprof

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    By the beard of Zeus! Just wow.

    I’m SO glad I got my Masters out of the way soon after I finished my Bachelors. I just didn’t want to have to worry about doing my teaching job concurrently with my college coursework.

    What is your Masters in? I’m excited for you and would like to say congrats on being close to finishing!

    With regards to continued education, I’m debating whether I should get an Ed.D as the opportunity for growth is immense. I think about it occasionally because I have an older friend who has her Ed.D and she works as a superintendent and makes $255,000+/year. I’m not kidding. In my high school home town, for instance, the superintendent made $274,000/year! It’s crazy how much they make and their salaries are on par with some medical practitioners.
     
  26. TeacherGroupie

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    The topic is school/work hours. Let's stick to it here, please.
     
  27. futuremathsprof

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    Understood. :)
     
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    My husband says I should continue to my Ed D. Which he is obtaining right now. I just want a break from college for a while though. My masters is crazy. I worked at a mineral mine as a chemist for three years after my degree while I waited for a teaching job to open up so I thought clinical lab would be a good backup plan. I started my masters in clinical molecular genetics because I am fascinated by genetic technology. Then, they added an education track! I love the topic but have no time to focus as hard. I am super worried by my GPA lowering now!
     
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    Thanks for your understanding, futuremathsprof. It seems that the new topic is popular, though: could I trouble you to launch a new thread for it with the last paragraph of your post #24? Then I'll do moderator things so this thread stays on the original topic.
     
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  30. Ms. I

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    Starting at 8:45a is THE latest I think I've ever seen a school to start.

    Ideally, I'd want 7a - 1:30p.
     
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    When I was a kid, my elementary went from 9am-3:30pm.
    Never thought anything of it as a kid!
     
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    This. I’d love to get off earlier so I can run errands and still get to businesses and such before they close. It’s frustrating when I constantly have to wait for a school break or the weekend to do things sometimes because I get off work after certain businesses that I frequent close.
     
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    8:45-3:15 actually seems like a shorter day to me (though I'm sure with a 40 mile commute it doesn't feel that way).
    My school's day is 8:40-4:00, but 8:40-9:00 is breakfast in the classroom (title 1 school). "Officially" we start at 9:00. Contract hours are 8:30-4:30.
     
  34. Ms.Holyoke

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    That seems like a long day to me! Most teachers I know have contract hours around 7-7.5 hours.
     
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    It is a long day once I factor in the extra time I spend in my room (I try to get there around 7:40-8:00 so I can mentally prepare for children and rarely leave before 5:00), but most of the time I just really enjoy the extra time I spend working in my room. It gives me the chance to clean and lay things out so I'm not completely stressed by the mess the next day.
     
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    I’m glad Governor Brown vetoed the bill that would have mandated that the school day start at 8:30am. That would have put a huge burden on parents that start work at 8am and caused massive issues with after-school programs.
     

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