400 Policies: Personnel

The policies in this section define a standard of conduct for School District employees.

403: Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of School District Employees

The purpose of this policy is to achieve the effective operation of the School District's programs through the cooperation of all employees under a system of policies and rules applied fairly and uniformly.

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404: Employment Background Checks

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment in the School District in order to promote the physical, social, and psychological well-being of its students. To that end, the School District will seek a criminal history background check for applicants who receive an offer of employment with the School District or such other background checks as provided by this policy. The School District may also elect to do background checks of volunteers, independent contractors and student employees in the School District.

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406: Public and Private Personnel Data

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to School District employees as to the data the School District collects and maintains regarding its personnel.

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407: Employee Right to Know-Exposure to Hazardous Substances

The purpose of this policy is to provide Hopkins School District employees a place of employment and conditions of employment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury of harm.

408: Subpoena of a School District Employee

The purpose of this policy is to protect the privacy rights of School District employees and students under both state and federal law when requested to testify or provide educational records for a judicial or administrative proceeding.

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409: Employee Publications, Instructional Materials, Inventions, and Creations

The purpose of this policy is to identify and reserve the proprietary rights of the School District to certain publications, data, instructional materials, inventions, and creations which employees may develop or create, or assist in developing or creating, while employed by the School District.

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410: Family and Medical Leave

The purpose of this policy is to provide for family and medical leave to Hopkins School District employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act and also with parenting leave under state law.

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413: Anti-Harassment, Safe Learning Environment Policy

It is the policy of Hopkins School District 270 to maintain a learning and working environment that is safe and secure, and where students and employees are treated with respect and dignity.

The District will strive to ensure that no student or employee will be subject to offensive or degrading remarks or conduct. Such behavior includes inappropriate remarks or conduct related to a student's or employee's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, or status with regard to public assistance.

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414: Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse

The purpose of this policy is to make clear the statutory requirements of school personnel to report suspected child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

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416: Drug and Alcohol Testing

The School Board recognizes the significant problems created by drug and alcohol use in society in general, and the public schools in particular.  The School Board further recognizes the important contribution that the public schools have in shaping the youth of today and the adults of tomorrow.

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418: Drug-Free Schools & Workplace

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment for employees and students by prohibiting the use of alcohol, toxic substances and controlled substances without a physician’s prescription.

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419: Tobacco Free Environment

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is tobacco free.

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421: Gifts to Employees

The purpose of this policy is to avoid the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of a conflict of interest with respect to gifts given to School District employees.

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424: License Status

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the School District and to fulfill its duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers. A School Board that employs a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license or permit places itself at risk for a reduction in state aid. This policy does not negate a teacher's duty and responsibility to maintain a current and valid teaching license.

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427: Workload Limits For Certain Special Education Teachers

The purpose of this policy is to establish general parameters for determining the workload limits of special education staff who provide services to children with disabilities receiving direct special education services 60 percent or less of the instructional day.

 

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451: Staff Notification of Violent Behavior By Students

This policy addresses staff notification of violent behavior by students. The purpose of this policy is to address the circumstances and manner in which data should be provided to classroom teachers and other staff members about students with a significant incident or historical pattern of violent behavior in order to serve the student and protect students and staff members.

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452: Elementary Teacher Preparation Time

Principals will schedule the daily teaching and duty time of all teachers in each elementary building in such a manner as to:

  1. Ensure an equitable distribution of workloads.
  2. Provide an average of 225 to 250 minutes of preparation time per week during the student day for each teacher, except where doing so would clearly disrupt the educational process.


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453: Part-Time Professional Staff Employment

As a result of reduction in staff, least senior teachers may be involuntarily assigned to part-time positions. The District's subsequent and continuing contractual obligation to those so assigned will be reappointment to full-time when and if conditions permit.

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454: Professional Staff Transfers and Assignment to Vacancies

Instructional personnel will be assigned on the basis of their qualifications, the needs of the District, and employees' expressed desires. When it is not possible to meet all three conditions, personnel will be assigned first in accordance with the needs of the District, second where the administration feels the employee is most qualified to serve, and third, according to the expressed preference of the employees in order of seniority.

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455: Conference Attendance

It is the policy of Independent School District 270 that employee attendance at educational conferences will be permitted when such attendance is deemed in the best interest of the District. Attendance at conferences at full or partial expense of the district shall be confined to the purposes of: performing ones duties, representing the district, improving the learning environment, seeking professional growth, and contributing to the achievement of district-wide goals.

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456: Staff Ethics/Conflict of Interest

Employees of the Board will not engage in any activity that conflicts, or raises a reasonable question of conflict, with their responsibilities in the school system.