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Madison Metropolitan School District

Employee Handbook 2021-2022

Addendum A: SECTION 4 PROFESSIONAL HOURS/WORKDAY

4.2 Planning Time

Teacher Planning Time – Elementary
Except as provided below, all full-time elementary teachers shall be provided four and one-half (4.5) hours of individual planning time per week during the school day. All such planning time shall be in at least one- half (.5) hour lots.

Monday (Early Release) – Elementary

The use of Monday Early Release time will be determined collaboratively at the building level between the principal and the leadership team by the time School Improvement Plans (SIP) are approved for the following year. If consensus is not reached by the time the plan is submitted for approval, the principal makes the final decision.

Monday Early Release Time will be used for:

Structured team planning - On three Mondays a month teachers will engage in structured collaborative planning with an established grade level or content team for one hour. Structured means guaranteed planning in which teams of teachers plan their core instruction, including use of instructional materials, strategies, and assessments, and reflect on student progress. For the remainder of these three Early Release Mondays, teachers will engage in individual planning. For teacher teams that engage in this structured team planning during the school day rather than during Monday Early Release Time, Monday Early Release Time will be used for individual planning.

Other SIP-aligned activities

One Monday a month will be used for focused professional development on instructional strategies outlined in the school’s improvement plan, individual student or small group problem solving for the purposes of providing timely intervention, and opportunities for staff to review their progress toward established goals.

In months with five Mondays that are workdays, one of those Mondays will be used for additional individual planning time. In months with less than four (4) Mondays, one of those Mondays must be used for SIP-aligned activities as defined above.

Early Release Time (Early Release) - Secondary

The use of Early Release Time will be determined collaboratively at the building level between the principal and the leadership team by the time School Improvement Plans (SIP) are approved for the following year. If consensus is not reached by the time the plan is submitted for approval, the principal makes the final decision. 

Monday Early Release Time will be used for:

Structured team planning – Structured collaborative planning with an established team.

Structured means guaranteed planning in which teams of teachers plan their core instruction, including use of instructional materials, strategies, and assessments, and reflect on student progress.

Other SIP-aligned activities

Focused professional development on instructional strategies outlined in the school’s improvement plan, individual student or small group problem solving for the purposes of providing timely intervention and opportunities for staff to review their progress toward established goals.

The balance between structured team planning and other SIP-aligned activities should be approximately 75/25 over the course of the school year.

School Nurses

School l Nurses shall have five (5) hours per week, with such being prorated for nurses employed part-time, for planning such things as classroom presentations, resource development and other instructional services. Such time shall be scheduled by the School Nurse; however, such may be interrupted should the Nurse’s nursing services be required. If any of this planning time is outside the scheduled building, prior approval from the building principal or his/her representative must be received. Should a nursing emergency occur, and the School Nurse is not present, the procedure established by the administration for such circumstances, shall be implemented.

Loss of Planning Time

A teacher may lose planning time due to schedule changes made necessary as a result of an emergency(ies) or if he/she has voluntarily surrendered such planning time.