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Settlement: A-Comp Time
Seeing the increase in workload and less and less time to meet student needs by planning, preparing, and responding to student learning, we filed grievances for overages in student contact time. As a result we mutually agreed with the district to protect planning time. Not only is this a tremendous benefit for students, but for you too. However, there may be some questions you have. This forum will provide answers to the questions you have and an opportunity to ask questions using the input button below.
REMEMBER: Contract enforcement ensures a fair system for all. If you are told, “I don’t monitor if you’re on duty on time, so don’t submit this form. It’s easier on everyone. We know how to do it at our site. We don’t need to contract to tell us.” There is a serious problem. You should not have to compromise a fair and just system for quid pro quo or good ole boy systems of favoritism. Contact LCTA if you have questions or concerns.
When can you get alternative comp time?
- When you don’t get 6 hours of planning in a standard week because the site administrator has assigned them other duties or excessive group activities.
- Where the site administrator requires an instructional employee to participate in group activities during the teacher’s designated mid-day planning period/time more than 2 times per week.
- When you do not receive at least 4 hours of independent planning. (To be clear, principals can use any combination of the 2 hours and any flex/duty time built into the schedule for group activities as long as you get the 4 total hours of independent planning).
A-Comp Time FAQ:
When can you earn A-Comp time?
- ANSWER: When you do not receive 6 hours of planning, 4 independent hours of planning, or three mid-days independent planning periods.
Do MTSS, IEP, or any other meetings count as planning time?
- ANSWER: No.
Does duty count as planning time?
- ANSWER: No.
Is it considered planning time when students report to my room?
- ANSWER: No.
How do can you submit for A-Comp time?
- ANSWER: There is a District form that must be submitted to your bookkeeper. LCTA has requested the form be electronic so submissions can be tracked.
How soon will an employee have access to the A-Comp time?
- ANSWER: With 30 days of the overage.
How can be A-comp be used?
- ANSWER: A-Comp can be used like sick/personal leave.
Will A-Comp expire?
- ANSWER: No. A-Comp will not expire, rolls over from year to year, and transfers from site to site within Leon County Schools.
Do guidance counselors, social workers, reading coaches, etc. also have protected planning?
- ANSWER: Yes, the language says all Pre-K through 12 instructional employees should have protected planning. We suggest setting office hours with administration. This will establish time blocks to calculate your time.
What if there are mandatory meetings and events at school?
- ANSWER: Then you earn A-Comp time if you do not get the 6 total hours, 4 independent hours, and 3 mid-day independent.
What is the maximum number of hours you can earn on the books for A-Comp time?
- ANSWER: 24 hours is the maximum number of hours on the books. If you reach 24 hours, take a day so you can earn more. However, you should not be able to reach 24 hours since the District has told all principals they don’t want the time on the books. They, like LCTA, want you to have the gift of time.
Where can I ask questions about A-Comp time?
- ANSWER: Use the Questions, Comments, & Observations FAQ Input button above to ask further questions.
Supplements, Staffing Plans & Cleaning
Appendix B of the contract explains how supplements are determined and their amounts. The monies negotiated are intended for the instructional bargaining unit. To ensure transparency of the supplement process, LCTA is sharing the 2021-2022 supplement file provided by the District. If you have any questions, please contact your LCTA Building Representative.
Staffing plans are provided to site administrators around April for the next school year. Due to site based decision making, administrators can move positions to meet the needs of the site. As the year begins, staffing plans change to meet the needs of student enrollment. Therefore, the following plans provide a reference point for the staff provided for your site.
There have been many questions about cleaning and when it should take place. LCTA requested and received the following information to allow everyone to be on the same page. The contract states health and safety issues should be addressed regularly. Regularly in many of the cases means daily. Please review the follow documents. If you have any questions, please contact your LCTA Building Representative.
Have you enforced your contract today?
Talk to your LCTA Building Representative if you have questions.