The teaching profession has long been recognized as rigorous, challenging and ever changing to meet the needs of all students.  For teachers to truly meet the needs of all students in this dynamic environment, we recognize the importance of, and encourage teacher flexibility as a prerequisite for successful instruction.

At the prerogative of the superintendent, the district may establish a “professional schedule” for certified staff.  The professional schedule is intended to set the expectation for when staff will be at work and ready to engage with students, parents, members of the community and or staff.  The begin time and the end time of the professional schedule sets the minimum expectation for staff to be at work and available for students, parents and staff.  In setting the “professional schedule” for teachers, every effort will be made to follow statutory requirements, i.e. 30 minutes of duty free lunch.  At the prerogative of the Superintendent or designee, the start and end of the duty day may vary for selected staff (i.e. teacher of early bird classes, staggered start and end times for the student instructional day), however the total number of hours per day will be consistent amongst all certified staff. Certified staff will be expected to be present 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the student instructional day.

 Any “professional schedule” established by the superintendent will not be intended to set the beginning and/or end of a teacher workday.

 The Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor has long recognized certified and licensed staff as “professional” staff. By definition and by legal recognition, teachers are paid a contracted amount to perform a job, and that job is not defined in terms of hours per day or days per week.

Attendance at PTA meetings, RTI, Special Education, planning and preparation, staff meetings, curriculum development activities, supervision and other such duties as assigned are examples of professional responsibilities that may require a teacher to work beyond the “professional schedule”; and are considered a legitimate part of the role of a certified staff member and are considered to be within the contract for which the certified staff member is being paid.

 Reference:        Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-8,107 (duty free lunch)

Policy Adopted 3/5/79

Policy Revised:   2-14-02

Policy Revised:  03.10.2016

Policy Revised:  08.10.2017