In fall 2018, I was a shiny, new VIPKid teacher. I was worried about Daylight Saving Time, and didn’t know what to expect. After surviving my first “fall back” shift, I wrote an article about VIPKid and Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back) .
In a few weeks, we are set to “spring forward” and this time, I have a lot less stress about the situation.
So what is changing for me?
As you might know, I only work super-part time. I have a day job that I begin at 8am Central Time each weekday, so my schedule has been 5:30 am – 7:00 am Central Daylight Time. This equates to 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in China. Once we spring forward, if I were to keep the same times open in BJT, MY time would be 6:30 am – 8:00 am Central Standard Time, which now butts right up against my day job. While I would love that extra hour of sleep, I’ve got a few things I need to take care of between teaching and starting work.
What will I do?
This year, I don’t plan to change my teaching hours. I will continue to teach at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 even after the time changes. For my students, that means that I will now be teaching 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 (finishing by 8:00.) It may be an inconvenience to the parents to shift, but this allows me to keep a consistent schedule and number of classes. The time is already updated in the VIPKid portal, so as long as you set your clocks with the time change, 5:30 am is really 5:30 am. You don’t have to do the math!
What will happen to my schedule?
I’m taking the week before the time change off because it’s spring break week (and Journey Atlanta week!), so I am starting to send out notices to my parents this coming week to let them know. So my first “frenzy” (when parents book classes two weeks in advance) will happen overnight March 8th (2020.) It’s possible that I will lose a few regular students who prefer that later timeslot; however, many will shift with me.
What am I doing to prepare?
- A few weeks before the time change, I always begin leaving comments in my feedback advising my regular students that my schedule will be changing. I apologize for the inconvenience and assured them that I still wanted to teach their son/daughter.
- Since I will also be taking time off for Spring Break, I will also leave that information in my feedback.
If you are worried about the time change, please don’t be. Students will come and go, and their schedules change (just like our kids’ schedules change!) This may be a good opportunity to find some new regulars, and if you have flexibility to teach at different times, perhaps you could accommodate some students who need to find a new teacher! And you never know, you might just catch some amazing sunrise snapshots between classes!
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments, and I would be happy to help.