I just stopped into the school office yesterday to ask if there had been any word as to what grade I'll be teaching this year (First! Hooray!) and asked what the first day we'd be able to get into our classrooms this year is. I thought the secretary was kidding when she told me August 22 (the day we report for teacher meetings!) We have meetings the 22 & 23, which gives us just the 24th (oh, and Saturday and Sunday, of course) to prepare in our rooms for school to start on Monday the 27th. Last year, some teachers I know were working in their rooms in July! I'm frustrated! How much time before school starts are you "allowed" to go back and work in your rooms?