Clause of the Week: D.25 Staff Meetings

It’s nearing that time of the month when most of our staff meetings will be scheduled. Wondering if you have to attend and for how long? Here’s what the article says:

D.25.1 ATTENDANCE
Whenever practicable, members of a staff shall attend staff meetings called by the supervising Principal / Vice Principal, and further, whenever practicable:
a. Full-time itinerant employees shall attend their base school staff meetings.
b. Part-time employees shall attend staff meetings but will not be required to attend a meeting which starts more than thirty (30) minutes after they have completed their normal duties.
c. District-based employees who are based in school(s) shall attend staff meetings but will not be required to attend a meeting beyond 5:00 p.m.
d. District-based employees who are employed at work locations other than schools shall attend staff meetings but will not be required to attend a meeting beyond 5:00 p.m.

D.25.2 NORMALLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS
a. Staff meetings will normally be held monthly, on regularly scheduled dates, set at the first staff meeting of the year. Where practicable, meetings should be held on the last Monday in the month.
b. Staff meetings for adult education teachers will be scheduled at the first meeting of the year. Normally, not more than ten (10) unpaid staff meetings will be scheduled during the year, and the duration of a meeting will not exceed two (2) hours.

D.25.3 RESTRICTIONS

a. Employees shall not be required to attend staff meetings:
i. Where a meeting commences earlier than one (1) hour before classes begin,
ii. Where a meeting extends more than two (2) hours after the dismissal of pupils, or
iii. Where a meeting is arranged for a day on which employees are not required to report.

b. Staff meetings will not be regularly scheduled during recess or the noon intermission.

D.25.4 NOTICE
Except for emergent circumstances, seven (7) calendar days’ notice will be given when the principal calls a staff meeting for other than the regularly scheduled date.

D.25.5 AGENDA ITEMS

a. Normally, a written agenda will be distributed at least one (1) school day before a staff meeting.
b. Any staff member may submit items to the principal for inclusion on a staff meeting agenda; and the principal shall not arbitrarily decline to accept such items.

D.25.6 MINUTES
Written minutes of staff meetings shall be circulated to all staff members.

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