22. Preparation Time
Within the instructional day the Division shall provide a minimum of one hundred and eighty (180) minutes of preparation time for each full time elementary teacher and a minimum of two hundred and forty (240) minutes of preparation time for each full time secondary teacher per six (6) day cycle. Preparation time shall be scheduled in blocks of not less than fifteen (15) minutes.
Effective the first day of the fall term 2012, preparation time for all teachers with a .75 equivalent full time contract or greater shall be scheduled in blocks of not less than thirty (30) minutes. However where it is deemed necessary to schedule preparation time in lesser blocks for a part time teacher with less than a .75 equivalent full time contract, preparation time may be scheduled in blocks of not less than fifteen (15) minutes.
Part time teachers shall be provided preparation time on a pro rata basis based on their percentage of contract.
The instructional day, exclusive of the midday intermission, shall be five and one-half (5 ½) hours or such time as may be determined by the Minister of Education and Advanced Learning and shall be worked consecutively except where alternative arrangements are agreed to by a representative of the Division, a representative of the Association and the teacher.
The school year shall be two hundred (200) days or such number of days as may be determined by the Minister of Education and Advanced Learning.
The Division shall determine the hours of opening and closing of the school day.
The Division agrees not to petition the Minister of Education and Advanced Learning to extend the instructional day or the school year without the agreement of the Association.