I got a four-day assignment next week! Yay! Usually when I get any longer than two days, it ends up being in state preschools, but this time it's first grade. Unfortunately, it's at a district where we have to remain for an hour after the kids are out. Even on early-dismissal days, subs have to stay until 3:30, which means three hours of hanging around after my work is done. I know I shouldn't complain. I'm basically getting paid for doing nothing. Occasionally a teacher will leave prep work but more often than not, I'm sitting reading a book in the classroom. I feel like I could go home for a few hours and come back to check out and nobody would know any better. The crazy thing is that only some schools enforce the dismissal time. Some schools even have a note in the sub folder saying "your day begins at 7:30 and ends at 3:30" or something to that effect. Other times, I've gone up to the office about a half hour early asking if they need anything and they send me home. I'm guessing that since this is four days, I'll easily fill up the extra hour with getting things set up for the next day, but the one early dismissal day will be a challenge. How many of you are faced with a similar situation where you work? Do you go to the office to volunteer your services for whoever needs it? Or does this reflect badly on the teacher who requested you becasue he/she didn't keep you busy?