Tag: Staffing

How much are substitute teacher and non-instructional substitute positions paid?

Written by on March 15, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  Our sub rates are listed on the cover page of each of our substitute applications, instructional and non-instructional. The substitute teacher rates are also listed in the SASIE contract, found on the Employment page of our website.

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um my teacher took a phone call during class is this against school policy

Written by on January 30, 2018 in Grapevine

A. While it is professional practice to refrain from personal phone calls during class, there may be extenuating circumstances where it is warranted and there is no policy against it.

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Is it allowed for teachers to grade writing prompts in which they ask you to demean modern political figures that they disagree with but you might not?

Written by on January 30, 2018 in Grapevine

A. Employees may not use their office, classrooms, school facilities or school equipment as a means to promote personal political views and beliefs, however, teachers are encouraged to address issues of current events of instructional and informational value to students.

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We’d like to suggest that parents be notified when one of their teachers steps down. We heard about it from our child, but it would certainly be a courtesy if administrators just sent parents a quick email informing them of a change a giving a general assurance of the hiring timeline. The time leading up to the switchover was very disruptive as is the substitute teacher situation (LOTE program). Also, it would be good for a department administrator or the principal to step in and acknowledge the process with the kids. Thanks!

Written by on January 30, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for your suggestion. While we are limited in what we can share about personnel, and the hiring process, we agree that it is important to keep parents and students as informed as possible. Parents of students who were affected by the change in World Language personnel should watch for more information from […]

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Why during two-hour delays are classroom aides monitored (arrival times and work productivity) while special education aides are not?

Written by on January 30, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  Snow emergency days present many challenges as we work to prepare the schools and transport students safely.   It is expected that all employees will be professional, report to work and assist where needed (as many staff members do) supervising students who are dropped off early or helping out with other tasks that arise from […]

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I have recently been having problems with HSW monitors who make random comments at my expense. One said to me “why did your mother say sorry? You should say sorry to her!” when my mother brought me my lunch one day. Another student told me that one time when walking into school a monitor told him, “Why is she holding the door for you? Shouldn’t you be holding the door for her?” when that student was being helped by a friend of his who had kindly helped him with the door. I feel like this is a little unfair to hear comments about them and what they are doing wrong. Am I right? How can I report this anonymously?

Written by on December 19, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Report it to your principal and explain that you would like it to be confidential.

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why can teachers and faculty make funny jokes about someone’s appearance or something similar but if students do it it’s considered bullying.

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Teachers should not make jokes about a student’s appearance.

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I was wondering if someone reviews and approves each teachers curriculum each year. Certain teachers have no method of teaching whatsoever and instead just handout labs and expect the students to understand the material with little to no background information.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Curriculum and instruction are reviewed by academic administrators, as well as building administrators. If you have a specific concern, please first speak with the teacher and then with the building administrator if  you are not satisfied with the outcome.

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How many applicants do you typically get for elementary SPED teachers? I heard from this lady that there is a severe shortage and they’re hiring unqualified people. Is this true?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  All of our teacher positions are posted and applications are submitted through OLAS. We receive 25-30 applications for special education positions,  not all candidates meet our standards. There is a shortage of substitute teachers across the capital region and while we have many subs on the list with certification,  NYSED allows for hiring of […]

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Why don’t teachers and monitors get in trouble for swearing? Are they allowed to say whatever they want to students? Maybe they don’t know its unprofessional or maybe they don’t know how to act appropriately. Either way they should know how to act respectfully or be trained on how to act around students. (I don’t know if there is a rule against administration swearing at students but there should be)

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No staff members should be swearing around children. Swearing is a bad habit, once learned it is hard to stop. That is why it is better if you don’t start.

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