CLASSROOM TEACHERS RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Policy Code: 7435
The board recognizes that an effective staff is critical to the smooth operations of the school district and to creating a learning environment in which students can succeed. The board further believes that students will not excel in performance unless those who most directly affect students, including school administrators, teachers and other licensed professionals, excel in their performance. The teacher is directly responsible to the principal.
The teacher’s primary functions are to:
- effectively teach the required curriculum as adopted by the Board;
- direct the growth and development of the pupils; and
- assume definite responsibilities towards the safe, efficient operation and the improvement of the total program of the school
Additional responsibilities such as the following may be assigned:
- Bus duty
- Cafeteria supervision
- Playground duty
- Supervision of extra-curricular activities; except that no such assignments may be made to beginning teachers or to teachers with at least twenty-seven (27) years of experience unless they request such assignment in writing or unless the board makes a finding that there is a compelling reason to suspend this policy for an individual school. (See policy 7405, Extracurricular and Non-Instructional Duties.)
- Service on committees
- All other duties as may be assigned by the superintendent, principal or other supervisor
Each principal shall attempt to balance assignments of teacher duties with the efficient and effective operation of the school as the ultimate goal.
When a teacher is absent, he/she must provide detailed plans for all classes during the period of absence. If an absence can be anticipated, plans should be left the day before the absence occurs. Because absences cannot always be anticipated, emergency lesson plans should be kept on file in a location designated by the principal. Each teacher is expected to maintain current lesson plans, including information about students with special needs, class rolls and a list of all special duties, planning periods, lunch periods and any other special assignments.
Any teacher (or school employee) may enter into an agreement with parents for tutoring children for a fee, but this practice must be limited to children other than those in a school where she/he teaches or works, and especially not for whom she/he is currently exercising teaching, administrative, coaching including volunteer coaching, or supervisory responsibility.
Tutoring for a fee may not take place within school facilities, during regular school hours for students or working hours for employees, or with school supplies, equipment, or materials.
Teachers and school employees shall not actively solicit for tutoring.
Legal References: G.S. 115C-47, -105.47, -288, -296, -307
Adopted: February 7, 2000
Revised: July 9, 2007, May 14, 2012