Cairo Association of Teachers - Contract



ARTICLE III
EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

3.1 Notification of Assignment

3.2 Definition of Vacancy*

    A promotional vacancy is that position which remains unfilled after the administration has exercised its options with respect to transfer of administrative staff. With respect to bargaining unit positions, vacancies are defined as new positions or vacated positions as identified by the administration.

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.2.

3.3 Notification of Vacancies and Promotions*

    As they occur, teaching vacancies and vacancies in promotional positions shall be posted in the attendance centers during the school year and in the administrative offices throughout the calendar year. Notices pertaining to such vacancies shall be included in employee paychecks.

    Vacancies will be filled according to the criteria outlines in 105 ILCS 5/24-1.5 of the Illinois School Code.

    Any training which is offered by the District shall be advertised as per this section.

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.3.

3.4 Voluntary Staff Transfer*

    Any qualified tenured employee who received at least a proficient rating in his/her two most recent evaluations may request transfer to an existing teaching vacancy as identified in Section 3.3 of this Agreement. Such request shall be in writing to the Superintendent and the building principal where the vacancy exists.

    Written requests made for voluntary transfer in the first paragraph should be made within ten (10) working days of the initial posting of the vacancy through employee paychecks. The voluntary transfer shall be filled according to the criteria outlined in 105 ILCS 5/24-1.5 of the Illinois School Code.

    In the event that more than one employee requests transfer to an existing teaching vacancy as identified in Section 3.3 of this Agreement, the Board has the authority to choose the most qualified employee amongst those making said requests.

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.4.

3.5 Conformity With Agreement*

    The hours, salaries, or other terms and conditions of employment of any employee shall be consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.5.

3.6 Internal Substitution

    Internal substitution shall be voluntary. Any employee who agrees to forfeit his/her scheduled planning period shall be compensated at the rate of $20.

3.7 Accounting of Sick Days*

    The Board agrees to provide each teacher with a statement on the first day of each school year that indicates the total number of sick leave days available to (be taken by) the teacher for that particular school year. The total number of available sick leave days includes the number of unused sick leave days accumulated from previous school years, if any, and the number of sick leave days allotted for the immediate school year. Said statement shall indicate both numbers as well as the total number. Further, a tracking of sick days used during the current school year and the reduced accumulated total shall be reported to the teacher on the second monthly paycheck.

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.7.

3.8 Involuntary Transfer*

    Prior to the involuntary transfer of a teacher for nondisciplinary or non-remedial reasons to a position in another building to which the teacher was not assigned for any part of the prior year, the transfer position will first be posted as per Section 3.3 of the Agreement. EXCEPTION: If an employee vacates a position, the District administration may reassign personnel WITHIN that same building without external advertisement IF the intent is to reduce the number of teaching positions within that building. However, the “vacancy” SHALL be posted internally within that building so that employees may request a voluntary transfer under Section 3.4 – Voluntary Transfer.

    If after complying with the first paragraph of this section, the position is vacant or if the involuntary transfer is for disciplinary or remedial reasons, the reason(s) for the involuntary transfer must be clearly specified in writing to the teacher fifteen school days prior to the effective date. The reason(s) must be accurate and substantial.

    A teacher with ten or more years of experience in the District will have the right to veto any reassignment (as defined in the first paragraph of this section) unless the reassignment is being done to reduce the number of teaching positions. (The reduction in position(s) may be any reduction via attrition or RIF that takes place prior to the beginning of the first day of school.)

    *Part-time employees are excluded from Section 3.8.

3.9 "Traveling" Teachers

    Traveling teachers shall be considered for daily duty and extra-curricular assignments only in the building where they eat lunch. (This provision does not apply to those paid positions listed in the Extra Duty Salary Schedule.) Any teacher having a complaint about the assignment of such duties shall have a meeting with the superintendent and an Association representative of his/her choice to review and discuss the situation.

3.10 Class Size

    When the enrollment of any self-contained elementary classroom or any academic secondary classroom exceeds thirty (30) students, the teacher shall notify his/her immediate supervisor in writing. The supervisor shall immediately sign and date said written notification to acknowledge receipt of same and provide the teacher with a copy at that time. The teacher and the immediate supervisor shall each send a separate copy of said written notification to the superintendent. The administration then has a grace period of fifteen (15) school attendance days to verify the allegation and, if true, to correct said situation without penalty. If the teacher does indeed have over thirty (30) students enrolled and the situation is not corrected within said grace period, the teacher shall be compensated at the internal substitution rate for each period of said violation from and including the date of written notification to the immediate supervisor. (Compensation for full-day violations shall be five (5) times the hourly internal substitution rate.) If enrollment in said classroom exceeds thirty-five (35) students, then that class shall be immediately divided into sections that do not exceed thirty (30) students. The administration shall make every effort to schedule the new section(s) so that a current bargaining unit member--if he/she so desires--can be employed under the provisions of Section 3.11-D. Only if this is not possible, shall the employer sub-contract said work. This sub-contracted position shall terminate at the conclusion of the school year. Academic secondary classrooms are defined as all classes except P.E., Music, Library, and Study Hall. If the initial enrollment of an elementary P.E. class which includes special education students exceeds thirty (30) in number, an aide will be assigned if requested by the teacher.

3.11 Working Conditions*

    The length of the work day for all employees shall not exceed seven and one half (7 1/2) consecutive hours including preparation periods and lunch periods.

    A. All employees shall have a duty free lunch period of no less than 30 minutes and an unassigned preparation period. Said lunch periods and preparation periods shall be provided daily unless school is dismissed early. At the secondary level, the preparation period will be equal in length to a regular class period. At the elementary level, the preparation period will be no less than forty-five (45) consecutive minutes.

    B.If an employee is required to assume the responsibility of another employee's students simultaneously with his/her own students, then the employee shall be compensated at the internal substitution rate per period of said requirement.

    C. Any traveling employee shall be provided with preparation and lunch periods as would any other employee and traveling time shall be scheduled so as not to infringe on these relief periods. Traveling time shall be scheduled so as to allow time for take-down and clean-up at one work-site, travel time, and set-up at the next work-site. Traveling teachers shall check in/out through the main office at each building.

    D. Any employee assigned a class during their preparation period will be paid a prorata stipend (1/6).

    E. If a special education teacher believes the number of special education students exceeds the limits mandated by state and/or federal law, the teacher shall notify the building principal in writing. The principal shall promptly sign and date said written notification to acknowledge receipt of same and provide the teacher with a copy at that time. The teacher and principal shall each send a separate copy of said written notification to the superintendent. The administration then has a grace period of fifteen (15) school attendance days to verify the allegation and, if true, to correct said situation without penalty. If the number of special education students does indeed exceed the limits mandated by state and/or federal law and the situation is not corrected within said grace period, the teacher shall be compensated at the internal substitution rate for each period of said violation from and including the date of written notification to the immediate supervisor. (Compensation for full-day violations shall be five (5) times the hourly internal substitution rate.)

    F. If an aide is required for an individual student by an IEP and none is present, the teacher shall be compensated at the internal substitution rate per period of said requirement.

    G. Home Visits--No employee shall be required to make unaccompanied home visits. Employees who agree to make home visits shall be provided time during the regular school day to make such visits.

    H. Any teacher who participates in scheduled pre-registration activities shall be paid at his/her daily rate of pay.

    *Provision “A” of Section 3.11 applies only to full-day part-time employees. All part-time employees are excluded from Items “G” and “H” of Section 3.11.

3.12 Instructional Facilities

    If it becomes necessary to assign an academic class to an area other than a classroom (e.g. cafeteria, boiler room, etc.) for more than ten (10) school days, that situation shall be impact bargained.

3.13 Faculty Meetings*

    Faculty meetings shall occur on early dismissal days and shall not interfere with designated teacher planning time.

    *Only full-day part-time employees are required to attend faculty meetings and only if the meeting falls on one of their regularly scheduled days of work.

3.14 Lunch Supervision

    Bargaining unit members shall not be required to perform lunch supervision duties unless that situation is first bargained with the Association and an agreement reduced to writing.

3.15 Dispensing of Medicine

    No employee--except a certified nurse--shall be required to store or administer medication to students. Students shall be referred to proper, designated medical or administrative personnel for this function. The employer shall indemnify and save harmless from any liability any employees who administer medication to students in direct response to an order from supervisory personnel to do so.

3.16 Weekly Lesson Plans

    Lesson plans shall be submitted to the building principal on a weekly basis for approval.

3.17 Substitute / Emergency Plans

    In the event of absence, teachers shall make every effort to insure that lesson plans are available for substitute teachers. At the request of the building principal, teachers shall provide three (3) days of "emergency lesson plans" to be kept on file in the office in the event that a teacher is unexpectedly absent and unable to leave/send lesson plans for a substitute. The purpose of these lesson plans is to provide a general guide for the substitute to follow. These plans need to be sufficiently detailed to complete the daily instruction. They should contain subject, page, exercise, and/or handouts to be duplicated, along with any comments the employee feels necessary.