Section 7: Preparation Time

PSSD and PSTA recognize the value of providing preparation time, which includes collaboration, for all professional staff. Preparation time provides time for all PSTA members to engage in a variety of professional experiences that support the teaching and learning process, and ultimately provide the best possible service to our students.  PSSD and PSTA share recognition of the value and responsibility of providing a collaborative culture.  To this end, the Teachers of PSTA recognize their professional responsibility to collaborate to enhance student learning.  Preparation time is provided for attending to Teachers’ professional responsibilities, including collaboration.

  • 7.1 Preparation Time is time when the Teacher is not involved in direct interaction with students and is allocated to allow the Teachers to attend to self-directed professional responsibilities and self- and peer-initiated collaboration.
    • 7.1.1 Teachers will take their Preparation Time in a PSSD facility. In specific situations or on rare occasions, Teachers may take their Preparation Time outside of a PSSD facility if approved by their in-school Administrator or supervisor.
  • 7.2 PSSD will provide all Teachers with 11% preparation time based on total student instructional hours.
  • 7.3 Preparation time will be provided by PSSD in the following ways:
    • 7.3.1 A minimum of 5% will be provided on the timetable.  In schools where the number of staff prohibits this option, preparation time will be organized in consultation with the Superintendent.
    • 7.3.2 Any remaining amount of preparation time will be allocated by days, half days, and/or early dismissals regularly distributed throughout the school year.  
    • 7.3.3 There will be at least one full day of preparation time at each of the start, middle, and end of the school year.
    • 7.3.4 Part-time Teachers will be provided preparation time that is pro-rated with their percentage of contract.