Monday 2nd November – Professional Practice Day
This will be a school closed day. It is the day before Melbourne Cup and traditionally is a very low attendance day. As part of the employment agreement between the Department of Education and the school workforce, four professional practice days are scheduled each year. These are spread over the weeks of terms 1, 2 and 3, and while a teacher will be away, the school remains open with that teacher replaced. In term 4, we save up to $80,000 in CRT costs by having all teachers have their PPD on the day before the Cup.
Given the circumstances of this year, I would have preferred this not go ahead, however, the Agreement is a legal document of conditions that I am required to adhere to.