Fret less, anyway. A UFT link I found by chance has this to say:
A subsequent agreement reached on June 25 states that the Tuesday following Labor Day will be used “first and foremost for preparation of the classroom and for the arrival of students.” If time permits, the agreement states, the remainder of the day may be used for professional development. Classes will begin for students on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
So perhaps you won't be waking up at 2 AM to decorate your classroom till the kids arrive after all. But it appears they've allowed for some preparation anyway.
Update: Here's a little extra goodie the UFT negotiated for elementary teachers:
The last day for students will be changed from June 25, 2010 to June 28, 2010. On that day, students will be dismissed early.
This is very interesting in that people were speculating as to why that day was on the calendar at all. Could this have been cooked up by the UFT and Tweed well in advance of this agreement?
I don't believe this effects those of us involved with proctoring and marking Regents exams, or those in the building with us, but please correct me if I'm in error.
Further speculation, as always, is welcome.