ARTICLE V – TEACHING CONDITIONS
The parties recognize that optimum school facilities for both students and teachers are desirable to insure the high quality of education that is the goal of both the Association and the Board. It is also acknowledged that the primary duty and responsibility of the teacher is to teach and that the organization of the school and the school day should be directed toward insuring that the energy of the teacher is primarily utilized to this end.
A. Because the pupil-teacher ratio is an important aspect of an effective educational program as such the following class size limits will commence with the third student contact week of the course/class. Should the district and association mutually agree that a particular class/course overload is necessary the parties will come to agreement on how such overload(s) will be assigned and compensated.
|Grade level||class size|
|1st – 2nd||28|
|4th – 5th||32|
|GAM – Grade Level Class Size + 3|
1. ELEMENTARY SPECIAL AREAS
a. Physical Education, Music, Art, Curriculum Enhancement – Class size shall be set at the grade level being serviced plus three.
b. Gifted 29
2. GENERAL EDUCATION, MIDDLE SCHOOL
|Grade level||class size|
|All other subjects||32|
|*Physical Education – Class size shall be set at the grade level being serviced plus two.|
*Vocal and Instrumental Music excluded from class size maximum.
3. GENERAL EDUCATION, SECONDARY
The scheduled class size is for the purposes of sectioning in the spring. Max Class size refers to the final class size excluding overloads as defined in Section A of this Article. In no event shall class sizes exceed the number listed below with the exception of Vocal and Instrumental music.
|grade level||class size|
|Probability & Statistics||33|
|Computer Science/AP CS||33|
|Career Technical Ed. (CTE)||33|
4. GENERAL EDUCATION, COMBINATION CLASSROOMS
When two or more grade levels at the elementary level or two or more subjects at the secondary level are combined within the same classroom or class period, the maximum class size will be reduced two students for each grade or level added below the maximum class size for the subject level or the grade having the lowest class size which is included in the combination. This does not apply to multi-age or gifted programs at the elementary level. At the elementary level, attempts will be made to equalize the number of students per grade level in a split classroom (See Article IX B 9 g for staffing).
Scheduling of Special Needs Students
Special needs students participating in a regular education classroom shall be equally distributed to the extent possible when scheduling. Should the combined number of students with Individual Educational Plans or students with 504 Plans (excluding those with only speech services) in any general education classroom exceed thirty percent of the established maximum class size, that class size limit shall be reduced by two (2) unless an additional paraprofessional is provided in the class.
5. SPECIAL EDUCATION
Maximums in each case shall be those established in applicable law/rules. Where a teacher is assigned to more than one special education area, the student maximums will be a pro-ration of the maximums established in applicable laws/rules. Deviation shall be compensated under Section A of this Article. Notification will be sent to the Association President whenever a deviation or waiver is requested or utilized.
6. The Office of Human Resources will make class size information available, upon written request, to the Association within ten (10) days.
7. The Association recognizes that building/construction progress or emergency situations affect student class size. If circumstances exist that are beyond the Board’s control, the Board and Association will meet to work out a solution.
B. COUNSELING SERVICES
Any counseling positions reduced through attrition beyond the minimum of 6 will be replaced by a certified EA member, whose certification may be, but is not limited to, roles such as: social worker; psychologist; counselor.
In recognition of the value of providing counseling services to our students, the district will provide counseling services at each level (High School, Middle School and Elementary). Whenever possible, grants and/or other funding may be used to provide these services.
Counseling work year may be adjusted per article V J 14.
When media services are provided, the media center will be staffed to meet AdvancED standards.
D. The Board agrees at all times to keep the school adequately equipped and maintained
E. . The Board shall provide a teacher reference library in each school and include therein all texts which are reasonably requested by the teachers and approved by the principal of that school.
F. The Board will make available in each school adequate typing and duplicating facilities to aid teachers in the preparation of instructional materials.
G. The Board shall provide:
1. Separate desks with drawer space for each teacher in the district.
2. Suitable lockable space for each teacher to store personal items.
3. Adequate chalkboards/whiteboards and bulletin board space where needed.
4. Teacher’s editions of all texts used in each of the courses s/he is to teach, if available from the publisher, exclusively for each teacher’s use.
5. A suitable dictionary in each classroom, if requested by the teacher and approved by the building principal.
6. Adequate storage space in each classroom for instructional materials.
7. Appropriate textbooks, attendance books/technology and adequate quantities of paper, pencils, pens, chalk, erasers and other materials required in daily teaching responsibilities.
8. Smocks, as requested by the teacher and approved by the building principal, which are cleaned weekly, for teachers in the following areas: life skills, industrial arts, art, and science (lab courses).
H. The Board shall continue to provide in each building adequate restrooms and lavatory facilities exclusively for staff and at least one (1) appropriately furnished teacher’s lounge. Supplies and furnishings shall be of at least moderate quality.
I. Telephone facilities shall continue to be made available to teachers for professional use.
J. All teaching hours and schedules including marking periods shall be developed within the following parameters:
1. All elementary teachers shall be entitled to a duty free, uninterrupted forty-five (45) minute lunch period. Secondary teachers shall be entitled to at least a thirty (30) minute duty free, uninterrupted lunch period.
2. All elementary teachers shall have regularly scheduled planning time of at least 250 minutes per week, which shall be scheduled in blocks of at least twenty five (25) consecutive minutes, with at least one such block scheduled each day. Whenever possible, elementary planning periods shall be scheduled in blocks of fifty (50) minutes. All secondary teachers shall have regularly scheduled planning time of at least 275 minutes per week, which shall be scheduled in blocks of at least twenty five (25) consecutive minutes, with at least one such block scheduled each day. Planning periods throughout a building shall be equalized to the greatest extent possible.
In the event of a lack of substitute coverage to ensure that students are properly supervised in a safe learning environment, we will use the following transparent process that will be communicated to staff. The administrator/designee will first ask for volunteers to cover classes, and after those resources are exhausted, an administrator/designee will give notice to available teachers and certified staff available during the time period. Notifications will be given to cover classes by rotating through the available staff. The beginning of the school year, the building administrator/designee shall post a list of the rotation schedule to staff, which shall include load-bearing and certified non loadbearing staff. Non-loadbearing staff shall have an assigned planning period for the purpose of subbing. This process will be used to distribute the responsibilities of student coverage during a sub shortage so that the burden of coverage is shared among staff. Teachers shall be compensated at the substitute rate during the pay period for which the coverage falls. Teachers who cover for administrators shall be compensated for their planning period. Teachers shall not cover for administrators if there are not enough subs to cover classrooms.
Planning periods may be altered or compensated to accommodate mandated testing.
Teachers will notify the main office when leaving the building for school business during their planning hour. Teachers may leave the building for personal business on their planning period with administrator approval. During special circumstances, an administrator may have staff remain on-site during their planning period.
3. A teacher’s daily schedule shall not exceed a maximum of a 7.5 hour continuous block of time.
4. No teacher shall have a daily teaching schedule that requires him/her to report earlier than 7:10 a.m. with the exception of late start Wednesdays or a zero (0) hour class.
5. No teacher shall be required to supervise during his/her lunch period. Student lunch supervision may be made both a part of and in place of regular class assignment. Supervision during a teacher’s lunch period is voluntary in exchange for an equal number of minutes in early teacher dismissal.
6. Kindergarten sessions shall coincide with building schedules.
7. Elementary teachers will be released from duty during recess periods, except when scheduled for supervision.
8. All Carman-Ainsworth staff shall be expected to actively supervise hallways and/or areas in which they are assigned during passing times, including ten minutes before the first bell and ten minutes after the school day. Active supervision will include greeting students, providing direction and or guidance to students in an effort to safely secure each building and promote a positive environment. All teachers’ lunch periods shall be scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
9. It is the Board’s responsibility to establish the beginning and ending times of a school day within the parameters of this contract. When a building schedule is to be realigned within these times, the following procedure shall be followed:
a. Following consultation with the teachers involved, the building principal will develop individual building schedule options within the parameters.
b. Proposed schedules are subject to approval by a majority of the building faculty in a secret ballot vote conducted by the Faculty Advisory Council.
c. If realignment must take place during the summer, the principal shall set a temporary schedule to begin school. Adjustments made after the process has been completed shall be accomplished as soon as practical.
d. Notice of a proposed change of schedules shall be forwarded to the Association President Forty-eight (48) hours prior to vote.
10. Teachers who teach in more than one (1) building shall have time provided for travel outside of lunch and preparation times provided for in this Article. Human Resources will develop a schedule which may include supervision time but will not exceed the maximum work hours per section J of this article.
11. The maximum weekly teaching load will be five (5) unassigned hours of preparation and twenty-five (25) contact hours which shall include passing time. Secondary teachers shall be assigned to no more than five (5) classes per day. Instructional Specialists and Coordinators shall be assigned to six (6) hours per day or thirty (30) hours each week.
12. The master schedule of each secondary building for the current school year will be mutually reviewed by the Board and the Association prior to the first day of school.
13. At the High School, zero (0) hour sections will be limited to no more than three (3). If no staff member volunteers, the specific department/PLC may give input for staffing to the Principal. Zero hour teachers will have coverage provided in order to participate in all scheduled professional development opportunities during late start Wednesdays.
Teachers on an alternate 2nd through 7th schedule will be assigned on a volunteer basis. If no staff member volunteers, the specific department/PLC may give input for staffing to the Principal. Teachers with a 2nd through 7th hour schedule will fulfill their professional development obligations on late-start Wednesday’s beginning at 7:55 a.m. In the event that said teachers are requested, or approved to attend by the building principal, they will be compensated for the additional hour at curriculum rate.
14. Non-load bearing members may have a different work year than load bearing members. Non-load bearing members will work the same number of days as load bearing members. Any additional days beyond the non-load bearing schedule shall be voluntary and compensated at a rate agreed upon between the association and the board, on the basis of the work being done, to be pre-determined in writing. No one will be assigned to work in July, weekends, weeks with less than three (3) days or holidays unless mutually agreed upon.
For the purpose of work year, non-load bearing members consist of: instructional specialists, counselors, academic coaches, social workers, curriculum coordinators, psychologists, teacher consultants, media specialists, nurse, speech language and department chairs. If there are multiple qualified volunteers for an alternative schedule, members will be selected in the following order: 1. Successful experience at the task, 2. Area of specialization, 3. Seniority.
Specific to non-load bearing staff where a supervisor determines an alternative work year schedule is necessary; the schedule will be mutually developed by the supervisor and member and submitted by September 1st to the Human Resource (HR) department and EA President. Changes to the schedule within the same school year must be mutually agreed to by the supervisor and member and approved by HR department and EA President at least seven (7) work days before change occurs. If an agreement between supervisor and member cannot be reached by September 1st for the following year, the Assistant Superintendent for HR and EA President or designee, shall mutually agree on the calendar and that agreement will be binding. Alternate work schedules are subject to article VI section A.
K. If teachers in a building, through consensus, decide to formulate a schedule that does not fit the parameters of Article VJ, of the master agreement, the following process shall be followed:
1. All teachers of the affected building will have input into the proposed schedule.
2. The F.A.C. Will develop a written draft of the proposed schedule.
3. The aforementioned proposal(s) are subject to the approval of the Board and the Association Executive Committee each year.
4. Following approval, a secret ballot vote shall take place. In order for the changes in the schedule to be made, there must be an 80% approval by 100% of the building teachers.
5. The proposed change(s), if approved, shall take place and shall remain in effect as long as the proposal states.
6. If the approved proposed changes are made at the end of the school year, the changes shall take place the following year.
7. At the conclusion of the year implemented, an evaluation shall take place.
L. When the media specialist and/or librarian is not on duty in the library, only certificated personnel or responsible adults shall supervise the students in the library.
M. Nothing in this Article shall be interpreted to prevent any teacher from volunteering for emergency teaching assignments.
N. Teachers shall not be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions, or to perform tasks which endanger their health, safety or well-being.
0. 1. Whenever it is known that school is not to be in session because of conditions not within the control of school authorities not limited to heat, water or weather conditions, students and teachers shall have notification as soon as practical prior to the time school is to begin, and teachers shall not be required to report for work.
2. If school is in session and students are sent home because of heat, water, or weather conditions, teachers shall be relieved of duty when students have been dismissed.
The Association and the Board recognize that professional responsibilities and duties may not be confined to the normal teaching day. Attendance for these professional responsibilities and duties shall be voluntary.
In case of emergency, teachers are obligated to assist and supervise children after regular working hours.
It is the responsibility of the teacher, when an individual parent initiates a conference, to schedule said conference within three (3) working days at a time that is convenient to the teacher.
Q. School improvement plans/strategic planning/site-based decision making The Board and Association recognize that teacher participation in these initiatives is desirable in providing positive results for students. If it becomes apparent that plans coming out of these initiatives violate or are inconsistent with this collective bargaining agreement, it is understood that the collective bargaining agreement shall prevail.
Further, it is understood that the Board and Association will seek to collaborate in any situation where contract language is inconsistent with mutually agreed to improvements.
The Board and the Association commit themselves to establishing a collaborative process to ensure a school environment that improves both teaching and learning.