Daylight saving time

On October,25 (Sunday) a lot of countries switch to Daylight Saving Time (summer time) – e.g. Ukraine, Serbia, USA, Australia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, France and others (in some countries the date can be different)

Please note that Russia doesn’t use Daylight saving time!

In connection to this, there are some changes that might happen to your schedule and that you need to settle if you live in one of the countries mentioned above.

Let’s have a look at the schedule of a teacher who lives in Ukraine (UTC +2), 1 hour difference with Moscow (UTC +3).

Before daylight saving time switch:

 

After daylight saving time switch:

As you can see, before October 25 the teacher used to start working at 14:30.

The ticks in the ” schedule ” menu also stand at 14.30.

But after October 25 the teacher sees that his slots move 1 hour up. This happens in order to display the change, meaning that what used to be 14:30 Standard time will become 13:30 Daylight saving time.

You can also notice that the lesson of the student, who used to study at 14:30 shifted to 13:30. This happens because the student is from Russia (this country doesn’t change to daylight saving time) and for the student the lesson has always been at 14:30, so now it just stayed at its regular time for the student.

After October 25 you will notice that your schedule has “shifted back ”. The teacher from our example will still see that he starts working at 14.30 (but comparing to Russia his working hours will start and finish an hour later).

What problem this can cause?

If a teacher from our example had a student, who starts normally at 14:30 Moscow time (for the teacher is used to be the same 14:30 Kiev time). After the time shift the student will continue to have his lesson at 14:30 Moscow time. But for the teacher it will be not 14:30 anymore, it will be 13:30 !!

Generally it means that a teacher has 2 variants about what to do:

  • if a teacher wants to save the habitual time of lessons for his students, he needs to start and finish working 1 hour earlier than before.
  • if a teacher wants to keep his working hours he needs to find a decision for those students who won’t be able to fit in his schedule after the time shift.

The administration of the school kindly asks the teachers to be loyal during the time shift period. We will do our best to find decisions suitable both for teachers and the students. Thank you!