The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7. The administration gets three hours, as does the BTU. The BTU’s time is divided up as follows: 30 minutes for BTU orientation, during which time B Reps. will give a brief introduction, using our opening day newspaper, as to what the BTU does, how to access your benefits, and so on. The remaining 2 1/2 hours are set aside by BTU contract to give you time to set up your classroom. You also get ‘credit’ towards your work year for an additional three hours spent on your own time, from 8/6/10 through 9/10/10. In other words, any time you spend preparing your classroom on non-school time during that time period will count towards the three hours required. With all of these changes, the school year (total hours) remains the same, and this is for this year only.