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ARTICLE 6: HOURS

6.1       Work Year

 

6.1.1       Except as noted below, bargaining unit members shall have a work year of one hundred eighty-three (183) days, plus additional staff development days as noted in Article 38 - Staff Development Days.  Psychologists shall have a work year of one hundred ninety-five (195) days, plus additional staff development days as noted in Article 38.

 

6.1.2       The one hundred eighty-three (183) days shall include the adopted school calendar for the fiscal year with the balance of days to be determined as follows:

 

a.      Site administrators will consult with school staff and then determine the work days and appropriate meeting times.  They will meet prior to the end of each school year to determine a schedule of workdays beyond the days of student attendance.  The staff and administration will consider the needs of the school program and the individual classroom needs of each teacher to determine a schedule.  The District will provide as much flexibility as possible for unit members to schedule teacher workdays.  The schedule will be distributed in written form to each teacher’s box prior to the end of the school year.  Once a schedule and program has been determined and distributed, the administration will consult with affected unit members regarding any workday schedule changes.

 

b.      The appropriate Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, or designee, will consult with Nurses, Psychologists, Speech and Language Specialists and Special Education Teachers and determine when any program meetings will be scheduled.

 

c.      Site administrators will be responsible for the accountability for the work days of the staff.

 

d.      The District recognizes the need to provide adequate time for teachers to plan, meet, arrange their classrooms, and prepare for the school year during the teacher workdays.

 

6.1.3       If requested by the District, new teachers will work one hundred eighty-four (184) days, plus additional days as negotiated for Staff Development.  If the extra day is scheduled by the District:

 

a.      the new teacher shall receive his/her full daily rate of pay for the additional day;

 

b.      the day will be scheduled within two (2) weeks of the first teacher work day;

 

c.      the District will consult with the Association regarding the placement of the day.

 

6.1.4       The Children’s Center and Preschool teachers’ work year and school calendar will be determined by the administration on a yearly basis.  Children’s Center/Preschool teachers will be compensated at their normal rate for any additional days/hours worked.

 

6.1.5       The continuation high school calendar will be six (6) weeks on and one (1) week off coordinated with the regular adopted student attendance and work year calendars.

 

6.2       Work Day

 

6.2.1       Unit members shall work at their duties and responsibilities for thirty-five (35) hours per week averaged in any one (1) student attendance week.  Teachers shall be on site for at least one-half (½) hour before school begins, the length of the student day, plus fifteen (15) minutes after school is dismissed unless otherwise arranged with the administration.

 

a.      This shall not preclude the administration from reasonably requiring unit members to perform professional responsibilities as described in Appendix A - Teacher Duties and Responsibilities, Section II - Instructional Support Guidelines, of this Agreement.

 

b.      It is the District’s and the Association’s understanding that unit members will approach the work day/week and associated duties with professionalism.

 

c.      It is recognized by the District and the Association that the performance of such professional responsibilities may result in a unit member working beyond thirty-five (35) hours per week.

 

6.2.2       Faculty Meetings

 

a.      Attendance at faculty meetings may be counted toward the thirty-five (35) hour work week.

 

b.      No unit member shall be required to attend more than two (2) faculty meetings per month at a school site.  Should other faculty meetings be scheduled, attendance is voluntary.

 

(1)        The required faculty meeting time for each month shall not exceed one hundred thirty-five (135) minutes.  No single faculty meeting shall exceed ninety (90) minutes.  This clause is intended to be “limit setting” and is not to be construed to set mandatory faculty meeting minutes.

 

(2)        Required faculty meetings may be used for staff development and training, collaboration, site-based decision making and communication.

 

6.2.3       Content Area, Cross-Curricular and Task Force Meetings

 

a.      Participation by unit members outside the contracted workday in meetings scheduled by Content Area Leaders, Cross-Curricular Leaders, and/or Task Force Leaders, is voluntary.

 

b.      Unit members shall not be required to attend more than three (3) meetings per semester that have been scheduled by Content Area Leaders, Cross-Curricular Leaders and/or Task Force Leaders in the first half (1/2) hour before school begins.

 

6.3       Duty-Free Lunch

 

Each unit member who is paid on the teachers’ or psychologists’ salary schedule shall be allowed at least thirty (30) consecutive minutes for lunch that is duty-free.  The lunch period is not to be included in the thirty-five (35) hours per week stated in Article 6.2 above.

 

6.4       High School Teachers

 

The high school teaching day will be the equivalent of a minimum of three hundred (300) minutes of classroom instruction, and the remaining time in the school day shall be utilized for planning, evaluating, preparing, and obtaining materials.  A period of time equal to the regular instructional period shall be set aside for each teacher as a preparation period.  In the event of extenuating circumstances, the administrator shall assign personnel as conditions necessitate.

 

6.5       Grades 6-8 Teachers

 

6.5.1       The 6-8 teaching day will be the equivalent of a minimum of three hundred (300) minutes of classroom instruction, and the remaining time in the school day shall be utilized for planning, evaluating, preparing, and obtaining materials.  A period of time equal to a regular instructional period shall be set aside for each teacher in grades 6-8 as a preparation period.  In the event of extenuating circumstances, the administrator shall assign personnel as conditions necessitate.

 

6.5.2       Grade 6 – fifty-eight thousand five hundred (58,500) annual minutes (three hundred twenty-five (325) minutes per day).

 

6.5.3       Grades 7 through 8 – sixty-one thousand two hundred (61,200) annual minutes (three hundred forty (340) minutes per day).

 

6.6          Designated Non-Instructional Minutes for Teachers

 

6.6.1       This section (6.6) applies only to credentialed special education teachers at Grades 6-12 (whether they hold the Resource Specialist credential or Education Specialist Credential, or other credential/authorization allowing them to perform the services described in the PETITION (Sutter County Superior Court Case No. CVCS 13-2442) and in this Agreement) whose primary responsibilities include, by way of illustration and not limitation, providing service and supports (and oversight of the individualized education program (IEPs)) to students who have been identified as eligible for special education services and supports, and who are educated in the regular education program for greater than fifty percent (50%) of the school day.

 

6.6.2       Such unit members shall receive designated non-instructional minutes set forth in 6.6.4 and 6.6.5 in addition to any preparation time currently provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (see Article 6 of the CBA between the Parties).

 

6.6.3       During the designated minutes, which shall be scheduled by the site Principal, teachers shall remain on the campus of their assigned school sites and perform duties and responsibilities associated with supporting the educational needs of special education students at the assigned school sites.  Such activities may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

 

a.         provide information and assistance to students with Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and their parents;

 

b.         provide consultation, “resource” information, materials and other available services and supports to students with IEPs and their parents as deemed appropriate or as requested;

 

c.         coordinate special education services for students with IEPs with general education school programs;

 

d.         monitor special education pupil progress of students with IEPs;

 

e.         collaborate with other special education and general education teachers in support of the District’s co-teaching in RTI/MTSS models of identification and instruction including co-teaching.

 

f.          work on student IEPs.

 

6.6.4       The designated non-instructional minutes shall commence the week of January 19, 2015, and continue thereafter and shall be provided during the instructional day.  The designated non-instructional minutes shall be implemented in the following manner, at the following designated grade levels and sites only:

 

a.         Grades 6-8:  one hundred and fifty (150) minutes per week, prorated for partial weeks.

 

b.         Grades 9-12 at regular High Schools on a traditional six (6) period schedule:  two hundred and twelve (212) minutes per week, prorated for partial weeks.

 

c.         Grades 9-12 at regular High Schools on a four (4) period (block) schedule:  one hundred and fifty (150) minutes per week, prorated for partial weeks.

 

6.6.5       Affected teachers shall use professional judgment, in light of student need, to determine the specific designated activities to be performed on any given day, subject to reasonable oversight by their site administrators.  In the event of extenuating circumstances, the administration may direct that specific activities be performed during these non-instructional minutes, as conditions necessitate.

 

6.7       K-5 Teachers

 

6.7.1       The minimum classroom instructional time for elementary teachers shall be the minutes set forth below.  Annual minutes are based on a one hundred eighty (180) day student attendance calendar (to the extent permitted by law, any reduction in the number of student attendance days shall result in a proportional decrease in minutes),

 

a.      Kindergarten - thirty-six thousand (36,000) annual minutes (two hundred (200) minutes per day);

 

b.      Grades 1 through 5 - fifty-six thousand seven hundred (56,700) annual minutes (three hundred fifteen (315) minutes per day).

 

6.7.2       The remainder of the teacher’s workday as provided for in this Article shall be utilized for planning, evaluating, preparing and obtaining materials.

 

6.7.3       Kindergarten teachers shall be available for assistance or assignment in the instructional program of the primary grades when not involved in the Kindergarten program.

 

6.7.4       In the event of extenuating circumstances, the administration shall assign personnel as conditions necessitate.

 

6.7.5       Preparation Time for Grade 1-5 Teachers

 

Every first through fifth (1-5) grade teacher shall be provided with preparation time for planning, evaluating, preparing, and obtaining materials as set forth below.

 

a.      A minimum of thirty-two (32) preparation periods shall be provided per school year.

 

●          Certificated teachers shall be employed to provide such preparation periods.

 

●          Typically, one (1) will be scheduled each week.

 

●          All reasonable efforts shall be made to equalize the preparation time.

 

b.      In a normal week, the preparation period shall be a fifty (50) minute period.

 

c.      Assignment and scheduling of teachers providing prep periods shall be flexible to minimize the costs for the District.  These teachers are itinerant.

 

d.      Teachers assigned as elementary release time teachers shall work approximately the same number of student contact instructional minutes as are worked by regular elementary classroom teachers.  Accordingly, teachers assigned as elementary release time teachers may be assigned additional duties, in their credentialed area, within the instructional day, to fill the equivalent of full-time status.  Release time teachers shall be considered regular unit members with the same rights, privileges, and duties as other classroom teachers.

 

6.8       Non-Instructional, Supervisory Duties at Comprehensive High Schools

 

6.8.1       The District shall establish the non-instructional supervisory assignments at each school.  In addition, a unit member may propose an alternative method of satisfying all (or a portion) of the ten (10) hour requirement.  If the District-established assignments have been covered, a unit member’s plan shall not be unreasonably denied.  Each teacher shall volunteer for not less than ten (10) hours of assignments per school year.  While any assignments beyond the ten (10) hours are voluntary, nothing shall preclude a unit member from volunteering.

 

6.8.2       At the beginning of each semester (or year), a calendar of activities, and the number of people required to cover the activities, will be distributed to the faculty by the administrator responsible for supervision assignments.

 

a.      Each unit member, by site, will submit a plan to fulfill their non-instructional supervisory duty obligations.  The plan can address the obligations on either a semester or a yearly basis.

 

b.      The unit member may fulfill the entire year’s maximum in one (1) semester (for example, a unit member may opt to work with the track and field team, which only has the need for supervision in the spring semester).

 

6.8.3       Unit members who do not submit a plan may be assigned by the administration if it is determined that an insufficient number of volunteers have come forward to perform necessary duties.

 

6.8.4       All assignments shall be made as equitably as possible and shall not exceed a maximum of ten (10) hours per year.

 

6.8.5       Assignments shall be pro-rated for less-than-full-time unit members (e.g. an eighty percent (80%) faculty member is obligated to eight (8) hours).

 

Note:     The modifications set forth in 6.8 (old “G”) shall be a pilot for the 2007/08 school year.  However, either party may declare the pilot to be null and void at any time during or at the end of the 2007/08 school year and the text shall revert to that which existed prior to the modification.

 

6.9       Modification of Work Schedules

 

Certificated unit members, including Speech and Language Specialists, Counselors, Nurses, Librarians, and Psychologists, may have their time schedules varied as individual needs arise.  These variations will be approved by the principal/supervisor and meet the unit member’s hourly work requirement.

 

6.10     Pre-School and Children’s Center Teachers

 

6.10.1     Regular full-time Preschool teachers shall work a minimum of four and one-half (4-1/2) hours per day.

 

6.10.2     Regular full-time Children’s Center teachers shall work a minimum of five (5) hours per day.

 

6.10.3     Insufficient State funding may act to lessen the number of hours in this Section.

 

6.11     Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-5)

 

Parent-Teacher conferences for students in grades K-5 will be conducted during the normal teacher workday but not during the instructional periods.  At least two (2) minimum days will be scheduled each year to accommodate parent conferences.

 

6.12     Coverage for a Teacher on Leave/Absent

 

6.12.1     In the event of extenuating circumstances involving a teacher on leave, the site administrator may assign another teacher to cover the class during his/her preparation period or to blend his/her class.  The teacher so assigned will be paid at the Uniform Hourly Rate, as described in Article 12.2.2.b., commensurate with the time the teacher is assigned in this capacity.  If more than one (1) teacher shares this assignment, the extra pay will be divided among them.

 

6.12.2     The District shall not be required to compensate a teacher under this provision until at least thirty (30) minutes of assigned time is involved.  Any time in excess of sixty (60) minutes shall be rounded upward to the next one-half (½) hour increment.

 

6.13     Association Meeting Time

 

Two (2) Mondays per month, to be determined by the Association based upon each year’s school calendar, will be reserved for Association meetings.  YCTA and the District will consult and accommodate the needs of the other on the remaining Mondays.

 

6.14     Temporary Administrators

 

A unit member who serves as a temporary administrator (e.g., to manage student discipline) shall not have authority to:

 

a.         hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, reward, evaluate, or discipline other unit members; or

 

b.         assign work to or direct the work of unit members, except in an emergency; or

 

c.         adjust grievances; or

 

d.         hear and/or address parent complaints regarding unit member actions.
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