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School Handbooks. Some considerations. General responsibilities. Everyone must be provided a handbook The handbook should not contradict any contract, or other policies The handbook must be explained by the administrator

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school handbooks

School Handbooks

Some considerations

general responsibilities
General responsibilities
  • Everyone must be provided a handbook
  • The handbook should not contradict any contract, or other policies
  • The handbook must be explained by the administrator
  • Everyone must have at least 72 hours to study the handbook before signing
types of handbooks
Types of handbooks
  • Faculty, staff
  • Students/parents
  • Volunteers
faculty staff handbook
Faculty/staff handbook
  • List duties:
    • Instruction
    • Supervision
    • Assessment/ grading
    • Recordkeeping
    • Professionalism
    • Attendance, attendance reporting
    • Extracurriculars
list non teaching duties
List Non-teaching duties
  • Extra supervisions
  • Field trips
  • Attendance at meetings
  • Participation in other school/parish activities
  • Confidentiality
  • Parent-teacher communication
other professional
Other professional
  • Certification requirements
  • Supervision and evaluation
  • Right of administrator to formulate regulation
  • Personnel policies
    • Sick days, personal, jury duty, military duty
    • Maternity, paternity leave
    • Termination, non-renewal of contract
parent student handbooks
Parent/Student handbooks
  • Contractual relationship
  • Contents
  • Signature
  • Enforcement
  • Right of administrator to amend
  • Parental involvement
watch your language
Watch your language….
  • Avoid long lists: use “and any other …. deemed unacceptable by the principal”
  • “The principal is the final recourse”.
  • Eschew “must” and “will”; use “may” and “can”
  • Avoid zero tolerance policies
  • Some policies should be age-specific
rules minimal essentials
Rules: Minimal Essentials
  • 1. Legitimate educational purpose;
  • 2. Have a rational relationship to educational purpose;
  • 3. Be reasonably clear;
  • 4. Have appropriate procedures:
  • 5. Be fair;
  • 6. Be consistent with philosophy
more minimum essentials
More minimum essentials
  • 7. Always list service requirements;
  • 8. State obligation to pay tuition;
  • 9. State obligation to abide by handbook;
  • 10. Participation in extracurricular and other activities is a privilege;
  • 11. Establish a standard of conduct;
  • 12. List academic penalties for behavioral infractions, if any.
current concerns
Visitors

Divorce/custody

Grading

Gangs

Body decoration

Weapons/lookalikes

Harassment, bullying

Drugs,alcohol

Cell phones, beepers

Threats

Other contraband

Truancy, tardiness

Use of internet, computers

Current Concerns
volunteer handbooks
Volunteer Handbooks
  • Supervision
  • Emergency procedures
  • Divorce/custody
  • Discipline
  • Responsibilities
  • Confidentiality
  • Field trips
volunteers
Volunteers
  • Always do a background check; ask for references;
  • Do not give them the same access to records;
  • Need to know areas of responsibility;
  • Sign in/ sign out
  • Volunteers can be terminated.
more on volunteers
More on volunteers
  • They need to be supervised;
  • Provide school forms;
  • Provide orientation;
  • Remind them of their responsibilities to be present, stay with children;
  • Use volunteers over the age of 18
  • Check your insurance, liability coverage