In defense of snowdays

It’s a snow day here.  Three inches of snow with an expected couple of inches of ice on top.

And yes, I am home today.  My daughter is with me and so are the neighbor’s children.  I am not child free on a snow day.

My dog loves the snow. Seriously, she's like a snow plow on paws.

My dog loves the snow. Seriously, she’s like a snow plow on paws.

But let’s talk about how teachers are paid.

I am contracted to work for 7 hours and 15 minutes a day.  That’s what my salary is based on.

Sounds great doesn’t it?

But if I only worked those 7 hours and 15 minutes I would show up only a few minutes before the first students arrive at my door, and then I would be leaving as soon as I dropped the last one off on the bus.

But that’s not how my job works. AT MINIMUM I work an eight hour day.  And on those days I leave with a feeling that I still have a ton of work to do.

Most days I work 9 hours.  And on those days I still leave with the dreaded feeling I have a ton to do.

Some days I am at school 10 hours.  On those days I leave exhausted, with the dreaded feeling I still have a ton to do.

So everyday, I work unpaid hours.

Everyday.

No overtime.  None.

IF I worked only eight hours a day, that would work out to three hours and 45 minutes of unpaid time every week.

Multiply 3.75 hours a week out to a school year of 38 weeks equals 142.5 hours of unpaid time.

Now I realize that a salary really means work as along as you have to in order to complete the job. 

But still.

Snow days I consider nature’s way of giving teacher’s comp time.

Now, I have to go enter more grades.

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