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5.11.16 Orientation and Training

​​​​​A formal orientation period should be scheduled for each new staff member on the first day of employment. At the beginning of each school year, the principal is responsible for conducting​ a thorough orientation for ​all new and returning teachers and staff, which includes school policies and practices, safety, legal responsibilities, personnel practices, wa​ge and benefit information, and all pertinent handbooks. See also the Orientation Checklist.

All outgoing principals must complete the Principal’s Transition Inventory and share​ and discuss it ​with the incoming principal, providing all documentation that is needed to effect a smooth transition in leadership.​

During the orientations, the principal should strive to create team spirit, establish the Catholic school culture, emphasize professional ethics for school staff, stress respect for confidentiality regarding staff and students, instill respect for the reputation of the school, and be prepared to respond to questions.

5.11.16.1 New and Beginning Teacher Orientation

In addition to the general orientation​ given to all new employees, principals are required to conduct orientation days for new and beginning teachers. The orientation program should include, among other topics:

  • Discussion of local trends and school expectations

  • Consideration of the distinctiveness of the school's program, philosophy, mission, goals, and objectives

  • Detailed explanation of the r​eligious education program​ and requirements for religion teacher certification​, if applicable

  • Explanation of major statements of the Church on Christian education

  • Distribution of materials designed to familiarize teachers with Catholic Church teachings

  • Support and participation in any archdiocesan-sponsored new teacher training program ​