Do I really have to attend a mandatory training after school or on a Saturday? No, any truly mandatory training must also be offered during the duty day. A reason for being unable to attend after school or on Saturday is not required.
I am an ISP and I am often pulled to substitute in a class when no substitute shows us. I feel it is unfair to the students I was hired to serve. What should I do? It is a violation of the contract to use ISP to substitute during scheduled ISP time, unless they are asked and agree to it, and receive the substitute rate of pay (which would extend their ISP contract by one day).
The bell to begin instruction rings at 8:00. At my school, teachers meet their students on the playground. How much time do I have to get there? When the bell rings to begin instruction, you need to be wherever your students are. So, if you teach lower grades and meet them on the yard, you should be on the yard at that time. If you teach middle school and meet them in your classroom, you should make sure your classroom door is open when the bell rings.
I called in a half day substitute and no one showed up. What should I do? I had an appointment I couldn't miss. Let your principal and office manager know in advance so that in the event no one picks up the job, you will be covered and it won't be a surprise for the administration.
What is the difference between SIck Leave and Personal Necessity Leave? Sick leave is for personal illness or illness of a bargaining unit member's family. This includes doctor's appointments that must be made during school time. PNS refers to personal emergency or necessity as in accidents, court appearance and individual or family responsibilities (wedding, graduations, family reunions, etc). Should you decide to use PNS, you must notify your principal in advance by filling out the form available at your site (this does not require permission, only notification).
I am going to have a baby soon, how much time can I take off for Maternity Leave? The length of your Pregnancy Disability Leave is determined by your doctor (usually 6 to 8 weeks, but could be longer). During this time you will use your sick leave, then you will receive differential pay (the difference between your salary and the amount paid to a substitute teacher) for any remaining time you are under a doctor's care once your sick leave is exhausted. After that, you can elect to use up to 12 weeks for Child Bonding Leave. You will receive differential pay without a doctor's note.
A teacher at my school is planning to retire, but for personal reasons probably won't do it until late this summer. I am interested in her position. Will I be able to transfer to it? If the position is advertised before the first day of the new school year, you can apply to transfer. Otherwise, the position is filled with a temporary, or probationary employee, and will be advertised on site and district-wide the following year.
A teacher recently transferred to my site during the transfer process. A new position was later advertised only to the site and she took it. Does she have site rights? Once a teacher has transferred to a new site, they have all the same rights for transfer as all the teachers at that site. They do not retain transfer rights at their former site.
I started my job at the beginning of the school year, but I received a call from Human Resources saying I have no site rights to my current current position and have to apply when jobs are advertised district-wide. Why do I have to transfer? Because the position became available late and was never advertised to the current staff, you have no rights to the position. Our contract allows the district to hire probationary employees into that position but it must be advertised in the ensuing school year to all teaching staff. You may apply for any open position at the time of district-wide transfers.
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