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PART ONE: Employment Policies WELCOME ........................................................................................................................1 MISSION STATEMENT ................................................................................................... 3 ST. THOMAS PHILOSOPHY .......................................................................................... 4 ACCREDITATION ............................................................................................................5 EMPLOYEE RELATIONS PHILOSOPHY .................................................................... 6 INTRODUCTORY PERIOD...............................................................................................7 IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM ...........................................................................................8 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY ..................................................... 9 NO HARASSMENT POLICY .........................................................................................10 EVALAUTIONS ..............................................................................................................12 BENEFITS ........................................................................................................................13 PAY....................................................................................................................................13 SALARIED EXEMPT EMPLOYEES AND DEDUCTIONS ..........................................13 HOLIDAYS .......................................................................................................................15 SICK/PERSONAL LEAVE ..............................................................................................15 LACTATION BREAK .....................................................................................................17 VACATION ......................................................................................................................18 BEREAVEMENT LEAVE ................................................................................................19 LEAVE OF ABSENCE .....................................................................................................20 FMLA ................................................................................................................................20


VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE ............................................................28 MILITARY LEAVE ..........................................................................................................29 LEAVE FOR CIVIC DUTY ..............................................................................................29 MEDICAL, LIFE, DISABILITY AND DENTAL INSURANCE ....................................30 RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN ....................................................................................31 TUITION REIMBURSEMENT ........................................................................................31 TUITION REMISSION .....................................................................................................32 WORKER’S COMPENSATION ......................................................................................32 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT BONUS .............................................................................32 SUNSHINE FUND ............................................................................................................33 CREDIT UNION ...............................................................................................................33 RULES TO PROTECT US ALL .......................................................................................34 ABSENTEEISM AND TARDINESS ...............................................................................34 CHILD ABUSE REPORTING OBLIGATIONS ..............................................................34 COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS SECURITY AND USAGE .........36 BUSINESS ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST .................................................39 CONFIDENTIALITY........................................................................................................41 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ...........................................................................................41 COURTESY ......................................................................................................................41 CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ..........................................................................41 DAMAGE TO PROPERTY ..............................................................................................41 DRUG AND ALCOHOL ..................................................................................................41 FIGHTING, THREATS AND WEAPONS .......................................................................42


FRAUD, DISHONESTY AND FALSE STATEMENTS .................................................42 GENERAL BULLETIN BOARDS ...................................................................................43 GIFTS AND GRATUITIES ..............................................................................................43 INSPECTION OF PROPERTY.........................................................................................44 INSUBORDINATION ......................................................................................................44 INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS ..................................44 LEAVING THE BUILDING .............................................................................................46 MISUSE OF PROPERTY .................................................................................................46 OVERTIME .......................................................................................................................46 OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT ..............................................................................................47 TELEPHONE USAGE ......................................................................................................47 POOR PERFORMANCE ..................................................................................................47 PUBLIC RELATIONS ......................................................................................................48 SLEEPING AND INATTENTION ...................................................................................48 SECURITY ........................................................................................................................48 SMOKING .........................................................................................................................49 SOCIAL MEDIA/NETWORKING POLICIES ................................................................49 SCHOOL’S RIGHT TO INSPECT ...................................................................................51 SOLICITATION AND DISTRIBUTION .........................................................................51 THEFT ...............................................................................................................................51 TIMEKEEPING PROCEDURES ......................................................................................51 TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS ............................................................................52


UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY .................................................................................................52 PERSONNEL FILES .........................................................................................................55 DRESS CODE ...................................................................................................................56 KEYS .................................................................................................................................57 MAINTENANCE ISSUES ................................................................................................58 SAFETY ............................................................................................................................59 DISRUPTIVE INCIDENTS ..............................................................................................59 SEPARATION POLICIES ................................................................................................61 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ........................................................................................... 62-63

PART TWO: Faculty Procedures and Policies ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS ..................................................................64 STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS .....................................................................................65 TEACHER WORK DAYS ................................................................................................66 PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE DAYS .................................................................67 NOON DISMISSALS ........................................................................................................68 FACULTY MEETINGS ....................................................................................................69 PROFESSIONALISM .......................................................................................................70 AFTER SCHOOL ..............................................................................................................72 ATTENDANCE .................................................................................................................73 CHAPEL COMPANION ...................................................................................................75 MASTER/PHD BONUS ....................................................................................................76 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ...................................................................................................77


BOOKING OF ROOMS ....................................................................................................78 CERTIFICATION .............................................................................................................79 CHAPEL SERVICES ........................................................................................................80 CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT .....................................................................................82 CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS .........................................................83 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT .....................................................................................84 CLASSROOM PARTIES ..................................................................................................86 CLEANING SERVICES ...................................................................................................87 COLLECTION OF MONEY .............................................................................................88 COMMENDATIONS ........................................................................................................89 COMMUNCATION AND REPORT CARDS..................................................................90 CORRESPONDENCE.......................................................................................................92 CRISIS MANAGEMENT .................................................................................................93 CUMULATIVE FOLDERS ..............................................................................................94 CURRICULUM .................................................................................................................95 END OF DAY....................................................................................................................96 EXCUSE FROM CLASS ..................................................................................................97 HOMEROOM COORDINATORS ...................................................................................98 HOMEWORK....................................................................................................................99 LESSON PLANS .............................................................................................................102 LIBRARY AND MEDIA CENTER ................................................................................103 MARKING AND GRADING .........................................................................................104 NOTICES .........................................................................................................................106


PLANNING PERIODS ...................................................................................................107 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAVEL GUIDELINES ..........................108 PROGRESS NOTICES ...................................................................................................110 RESOURCES ..................................................................................................................111 RETENTION ...................................................................................................................112 SCHOOL HOURS ...........................................................................................................113 STAFF CHILDREN ........................................................................................................114 STANDARDIZED TESTS ..............................................................................................115 SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS ....................................................................................116 TEACHER ASSOCIATES ..............................................................................................117 TEACHERS’ LOUNGE ..................................................................................................118 TEACHING HOURS.......................................................................................................119 TRAFFIC DUTY .............................................................................................................120 TUTORING .....................................................................................................................121 VOLUNTEERS ...............................................................................................................122 WORK FOLDER .............................................................................................................123

Part Three: Faculty Interaction with Students ACCIDENT AND INJURUES ........................................................................................124 ARTICULATION ............................................................................................................125 BEHAVIOR OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.................................................................126 BIRTHDAYS ...................................................................................................................127 EARLY ARRIVAL OF STUDENTS ..............................................................................128 EARLY PICK-UP OF STUDENTS ................................................................................129


EXTENDED DAY...........................................................................................................130 AFTER SCHOOL CARE ................................................................................................131 STUDY HALL.................................................................................................................132 FIELD TRIPS ..................................................................................................................133 FREE PLAY ....................................................................................................................134 LOST AND FOUND .......................................................................................................135 LUNCH TIME .................................................................................................................136 MEDICATION ................................................................................................................137 PRAYER ..........................................................................................................................138 RELEASING A CHILD TO A NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT ......................................139 REALSING A CHILD TO A RELATIVE OR FRIEND ................................................140 UNIFORMS .....................................................................................................................141


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