Employee Handbook 2021-2022
In the implementation of staff reductions under this section, individual employees shall be selected for full or partial layoff in accordance with the following steps:
Definition of Seniority
Seniority except as noted below, within the District is established by the total years of continuous service as a teacher in the District under regular contract with such calculation based on the school year and semester in which compensation was first paid to the teacher by the District followed by continuous service (e.g. 2020/21-1, 2020/21-2). An approved leave of absence, for up to two (2) years, shall not constitute a break in seniority. A layoff for up to two (2) years shall not constitute a break in seniority. When a teacher notifies the District that he/she wishes to remain on the recall list and is thereafter recalled, he/she shall retain his/her original seniority date.
A. Step One - Attrition: Normal attrition resulting from employees retiring or resigning will be relied upon to the extent that it is administratively feasible in implementing a reduction in staff. Incentivized retirement/resignation options may be considered.
B. Step Two - Volunteers: Requests for volunteers will be sent to employees within the instructional level, grade level or subject area in which staff reductions are necessary. An employee who volunteers to be laid off under this section must put his/her request in writing. Volunteers will be accepted by the District only if, in the District's opinion, the remaining employees in the instructional level, grade level or subject area are qualified to perform the remaining work. Unpaid leaves of absences for up to two years may be considered before voluntary layoff
C. Step Three - Selection for Reduction:
Licensure: those teachers holding a DPI License with Stipulations within the instructional level, grade level or subject area in which staff reductions are necessary will be subject to layoff prior to fully certified staff.
The Chief of Schools (Elementary, Middle or High, as applicable) in consultation with the principals shall select the teacher in the affected instructional level, grade level or subject area for layoff based on qualifications as determined by the District.
Criteria to be considered in making a layoff determination:
Culturally Responsive Practices (Systems and Beliefs)
Student Learning Objectives
Additional Language Proficiency
The District shall apply the layoff rubric when reviewing teacher qualifications. The teacher in the affected instructional level, grade level or subject area with the lowest score will be selected for layoff.
Tie in Score
When there is a tie in scores, the teacher scoring lower in Criteria 1 shall be selected for layoff. If the impacted teachers have the same score in Criteria 1, the teacher scoring lower in Criteria 2 will be selected for layoff. If the impacted teachers have the same score in Criteria 2, the teacher scoring lower in Criteria 3 will be selected for layoff.