2015-05-02 / The Rock

Myth about teacher work hours debunked

By Katie Tuck and Kalee Riley

There is, for some, a misconception that educators only work seven hours a day with paid summers off to do whatever they please, whenever they please. In reality, teachers often stay behind when students leave every day, sometimes staying for hours after the dismissal bell. Staff meetings, parent communication, time after school working with students, early morning hall duty, and so many more obligations, are often overlooked by those outside the school walls when considering the hours teachers devote to their profession.

Person County Schools (PCS) Human Resources Director Lori Stacey was interviewed to help clear up the confusion on how long teachers actually spend at work.

According to Stacey, “A teacher’s salary is based on the 215 days that generally cover from mid-August through mid-June. Pay is not received for days in the year outside of the 215 days. The misconception that many have about teachers receiving paid time off during the summer months likely comes from the fact that teachers may opt to receive their 10-month pay spread over 12 months.”

Several teachers at Person High School (PHS) were asked to log their hours for seven days to determine the average number of hours spent on school-related activities every week.

The participating teachers averaged 66 hours a week.

This total debunks the idea that teachers only work during the hours that school is in session.

When asked to summarize her work week, PHS English teacher Barbara King said, “I spend countless hours grading compositions, calling parents, and trying to find new ways of getting my students involved in learning.”

Stacey concluded her interview by saying, “Many of our teachers sacrifice family and personal obligations to meet their classroom duties. PCS is fortunate to have teachers that give selflessly day in and day out for the students of Person County Schools.”

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