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ARTICLE 17: CLASS SIZE

17.1     District-Wide Average Class Size

 

The District-wide average class size, exclusive of classes which are participating in the Class Size Reduction Program (CSRP), shall be 1:29.

 

17.2     Formulas

 

The following formulae are utilized in computing District-wide average class size:

 

17.2.1     K-5 and K-8 Elementary (excluding middle schools)

 

a.      Divide student enrollment number by the number of regular classroom teachers plus one-half (½) of the number of special education teacher(s) full-time equivalents (FTE).

 

b.      ESL teachers are excluded from this computation.

 

17.2.2     High School on Six Period Day

 

a.      Multiply six (6) (representing the number of student periods) times the student enrollment number; divide resulting product by five (5) (representing teacher teaching periods); divide resulting quotient by the number of regular classroom teachers including ESL teachers plus one-half (1/2) the number of special education teachers (FTE).

 

b.      The librarian, counselors, nurse and the ROP classes, student activity periods, athletic director periods and Chapter I funded hours are excluded from the computation.

 

17.2.3    High School on Four Period Block

 

a.      Multiply four (4) (representing the number of student periods) times the student enrollment number; divide resulting product by three (3) (representing teacher teaching periods); divide resulting quotient by the number of regular classroom teachers including ESL teachers plus one-half (½) the number of special education teachers (FTE).

 

b.      The librarian, counselors, nurse and the ROP classes, department chair periods, student activity periods, athletic director periods and Chapter I funded hours are excluded from the computations.

 

17.2.4     Middle Schools

 

a.      Multiply six point six (6.6) (representing the number of student periods) times student enrollment; divide the resulting product by five point six (5.6) (representing five (5) teaching periods plus point six (.6) which represents a study hall/elective time); divide resulting quotient by the number of regular classroom teachers including ESL teachers plus one-half (½) the number of special education teachers (FTE).

 

b.      Counselors, SIP-funded teachers and librarians are excluded from this computation.

 

c.      Within a reasonable amount of time, an effort will be made to resolve differences in class size in content areas throughout the daily schedule.

 

17.2.5     Continuation High School

 

Divide the student enrollment number by the number of staff.

 

17.3     Intervention Classes/English Learners

 

The optimal level for enrollment in (1) intervention classes composed of students below grade level or (2) classes composed of English Learners with CELDT levels 1-3 is twenty-five (25) students.  Should enrollment in such a class exceed the optimal level, the teacher may schedule a consultation with the principal to explore options.  The teacher may invite an Association representative to attend the consultation.

 

17.4     Elementary – Differences in Enrollment

 

Classes of the same grade level at any one (1) elementary school (K-5, K-8) or of the same content area/same period at any one (1) middle school shall have a difference of enrollment not greater than three (3) for more than a ten (10) day period without the agreement of the majority of the teachers at that grade level/content area and the principal.

 

17.5     Elementary – Class Over 30

 

When a class at an elementary level exceeds thirty (30) students and is impacted by students on approved intra- or inter-district agreements, the teacher and principal will consult and may make a recommendation to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, or designee, as to what action, if any, may be taken.

 

17.6     Multi-Graded Elementary Classes

 

Except for those classes requiring special teachers in order to meet the needs of the students (e.g., as the result of an influx of seasonal agricultural workers or bilingual) self-contained multi-graded classrooms shall have an enrollment of three (3) less than the average of the single-graded classes of the same levels unless:

 

17.6.1     All of the single-graded classes at the level of the multi-graded classes reach an enrollment of 1:32.

 

17.6.2     All teachers of a combination class may individually elect to accept additional students.

 

17.6.3     The District and YCTA may, by mutual agreement, waive the above provisions as situations warrant.

 

17.6.4     Self-contained multi-graded classrooms may not exceed thirty-two (32) students per class.

 

17.6.5     Efforts will be made to ensure that an effective learning environment can be achieved by consulting with teachers at the affected grade levels to select appropriate students for multi-graded classrooms.  Additional support may be made available to teachers of multi-graded classrooms, such as reduction in yard duty or cooperative grouping of students with other teachers of the same grade levels.

 

17.6.6     Volunteers will first be considered before unit members are assigned to multi-graded classrooms.

 

17.7     Multi-Graded Elementary Classes in CSR

 

Except for those classes requiring special teachers in order to meet the needs of the students (e.g., as the result of an influx of seasonal agricultural workers or bilingual) self-contained multi-graded classrooms participating in the Class-Size Reduction Program shall have an enrollment of three (3) less than the average of the single-graded classes of the same levels unless:

 

17.7.1     All of the single-graded classes at the level of the entering student reach an enrollment of 1:20.

 

17.7.2     All teachers of a combination class may individually elect to accept additional students.

 

17.7.3     The District and Association may, by mutual agreement, waive the above provisions as situations warrant.

 

17.7.4     Efforts will be made to ensure that an effective learning environment can be achieved by consulting with teachers at the affected grade levels to select appropriate students for multi-graded classrooms.  Additional support may be made available to teachers of multi-graded classrooms, such as reduction in yard duty or cooperative groupings of students with other teachers of the same grade levels.

 

17.7.5     Volunteers will first be considered before unit members are assigned to multi-graded classrooms.

 

17.8     Comprehensive High Schools

 

At each comprehensive high school, the administration agrees to make a reasonable effort to establish a school-wide range of class sizes which provides the best learning environment possible under the conditions that exist at the time of scheduling.  During the school year, class sizes may vary as students’ schedules change and new students enter.  However, counselors, teachers, and the administration agree to make reasonable efforts to maintain the best feasible class sizes.  A committee composed of unit members, school administrators and district administrators will meet in October and after the end of the first (1st) semester to review class sizes at each comprehensive high school and make appropriate recommendations for balancing classes to the appropriate site administration.

 

17.9     Safe Capacity

 

In no circumstances shall enrollment exceed the safe capacity of student activity stations, facilities, or the seating capacity of a classroom as determined by the administration.

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