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5.11.19 School Staff Handbooks

Schools shall prepare handbooks for all staff that include a section dedicated to particular policies and procedures that apply to the staff. The policies and procedures that apply to school staff may not contradict or override any of the general policies and procedures that are set forth in this Administrative Handbook.

5.11.19.1 Handbook Supplement for Elementary School Teachers

The following items should be included in the Handbook for Elementary Schools in addition to the Staff Handbook for Elementary Schools:

  • Accreditation

  • Code of Ethics for Teachers

  • Description of evaluation process and procedures

  • Duties of teachers (e.g., substitution, supervision)

  • Explanation of absence provisions

  • Field trip policies and procedures

  • Instructional materials policies

  • Mission and philosophy statement

  • Organizational chart

  • Other pertinent policies currently promulgated by the Department of Catholic Schools

  • Policy for professional relationships with students (signature required)

  • Principal's right to amend statement

  • Professional growth requirements

  • School discipline policy

  • Supervision of students policy

  • Acknowledgment of Receipt

The Handbook for Elementary Schools should contain the following statement for signature: "I have read and agree to be bound by the principles, policies, and procedures contained in this handbook."

5.11.19.2 High School Faculty Handbook

The following items must be included in the Faculty Handbook, in addition to what is included in the Staff Handbook:

  • Accreditation

  • Duties of teachers (e.g., substitution and supervision)

  • Evaluative Council

  • Instructional materials policy (including video policy)

  • Job descriptions for administrators, department chairs, and school committees

  • Mission statement

  • Organizational chart

  • Policy for professional relationships with students (signature required)

  • Professional growth requirements including any special requirements

  • Regulations for lay salary placement

The Faculty Handbook should contain the following statement for signature: "I have read and agree to be bound by the principles, policies, and procedures contained in this handbook."


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