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
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
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
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
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
Revised: 10/16/2007; 10/06/2009
North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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