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The standard teaching day is defined as that period of time a teacher is required to be in an educational activity as a participant in the standard teaching assignment. Each teacher shall be available in the classroom before the beginning of school, and after the close of school for a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the superintendent and administrative staff.

A teacher shall not leave the school premises during school hours unless proper arrangements have been made and consent of the principal has been obtained.

Administrative and supervisory personnel assigned to schools or to the central office will observe a uniform working day approved by the Board, unless special arrangements for different hours have been approved by the superintendent. It is expected that the hours of work of supervisory and administrative personnel may vary and extend as necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position.

Teacher Planning and Lunch Periods

The Board recognizes the value of periods of time free from the direct supervision of children for lunch and such important components of the professional day as lesson planning, parental and staff conferences, meetings with individual students and other activities related to instructional responsibilities.


1.         To the extent administratively feasible, the Board will continue its efforts to provide a daily uninterrupted lunch period for all teachers of not less than 30 minutes or the same amount of time as the pupils under their charge.


2.         To the extent administratively feasible, the Board will continue its efforts to provide all classroom teachers with a planning period of not less than 250 minutes per week for elementary teachers, one (1) classroom period daily for secondary teachers and adequate planning space.


3.         Teachers assigned to act as substitutes during their scheduled planning time to cover for extra duty, staff development activities, and unexpected or emergency situations shall be compensated for all such assignments only when deductions are made from the absent teacher's leave time or salary or any time the absent teacher is receiving compensation through the Additional Services Pay Schedule. Compensation will be the approved hourly sponsor rate.


4.         Teachers assigned to more than one (1) school whose schedule does not provide lunch and planning time as outlined in paragraphs one (1) and two (2) above may be compensated at the hourly activity supervision rate.

Substitute Teacher/IEP Development

The district’s administration will provide two (2) days of substitute teacher time for each self-contained BD, EMR, LD, OH and HH elementary and secondary classroom; such time to be scheduled by the building principal after consultation with the teachers involved. Such time shall be used exclusively for activities surrounding the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s).

Under the supervision of the principal of the building involved, elementary LD teachers and speech/language therapists will coordinate the scheduling of students with regular classroom teachers to arrange time for special education services that will be least disruptive to the total education program. The scheduling of special education instruction during the school year will need to be flexible so as to allow necessary time for classroom observation, testing, IEP development and consultation, planning time.

A maximum of seven (7) additional days of substitute teacher time shall be provided each middle school; such time to be scheduled by the building principal.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:         02/11/2003


Revised:          10/16/2007; 10/06/2009

North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri


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