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Basic Contract Days

All full-time certificated teaching contracts are for 181 days.  These days include the following:

Student Days
This is the standard school year; the time spent with students in class.
School Improvement Days
These days are required attendance and are part of your basic contract. They are in lieu of the traditional 180 student days in most districts.  These days are for teachers to work and plan together to improve instruction.
Day 178 - October 9, 2009 - Building Collaboration Day
Day 179 - November 20, 2009 - Building & District Collaboration Day
Day 180 - May 7, 2010 - Building & District Collaboration Day
In-Service Day
 This day is required attendance and is also part of your basic contract. Historically, it was called "LID" days, which is why they are listed separate from the "school improvement days" above.
Day 181 - September 2, 2009 (District Activities)
Teachers who miss one of these days must use Substitute On-line for a sick day if they are ill or for a Personal day if their reason for absence is in accordance with the criteria listed in the contract. Your Principal must approve personal days in advance.

TRI Days

All certificated staff receives additional pay in the form of a "TRI Stipend".  Your TRI stipend includes extra days and responsibilities. The "extra days" portion of your stipend equates to 4 extra days that are "District Directed". TRI stipend payment is automatically included in your monthly check, but at the end of the year you will be asked to verify that you worked these days. If you don't verify that you've worked theese days, the pay for days not completed will be deducted from your July paycheck. For the 2009-2010 school year, there will be a total of 4 extra days. They are divided as follows:

 Day 1
 “Building Day” - This day is optional, but your pay will be deducted if you didn’t attend.  It is listed as December 4, 2009 elementary, and January 29, 2010 for secondary on the staff calendar, but by consensus buildings can choose another date that better fits their circumstances.
 Day 2
 "District Day"March 5, 2010 – Building & District Collaboration
 Day 3 & 4
These are called "Curriculum Days" because our Teaching & Learning Department provides several options to teachers for using these days.  In reality, they don't have to be specific "days" at all.  Teachers can choose from a variety of activities that could be 1 or 2 hours each. These days equate to 14 hours of in-service time spent on curricular topics. Options include:
a)  District workshops/staff development classes.
b)  ESD workshops with prior permission of your principal.
c)  Conferences with prior permission of your principal.
d)  Time spent in graduate level courses at a university.

Joseph Vellegas,
Jan 11, 2010, 3:00 PM