Reassignment QA for principals March 2011 by R0dxt80

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									                        Cobb County School District
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                                     Reassignment
                          Questions and Answers for Principals


1. What does the term “reassignee” mean?
   A reassignee is a teacher who is assigned from one CCSD school to another
   involuntarily.

2. Why would a teacher be reassigned?
   Generally, reassignment becomes necessary when attendance zones for students
   change, a new program is added to a school or a current program is discontinued,
   student enrollment changes, teacher allotments increase or decrease, new schools
   open or current schools close. All of these events may require a shift in teachers to
   accommodate student needs.

3. How are teachers assigned?
   a. Schools receive teacher allotments.
   b. The principal decides the number of classes needed to best accommodate the
      needs of regular education students and special education students.
   c. The principal reviews the certification of the present regular education staff and
      the present special education staff.
   d. The principal fills all education vacancies from the present education staff where
      certification is appropriate. This may be modified if budget constraints dictate.


4. If a school loses an allotment(s), what should the principal do?
   The principal will evaluate the program and personnel needs of his/her school and
   develop a plan to determine the affected area(s) and the employee(s) who may be
   impacted. The Area Assistant Superintendent will review the plan before any
   employee is recommended for reassignment.

5. How does a principal determine which teachers will be affected by these changes?
   The principal first determines which area is affected and then which teacher is
   affected. Notice that it differs for elementary, middle and high schools.

   The affected area for certified employees is determined as follows:
   A. Special Education (K-12) (i.e. learning disabled, behavior disordered) by
   program.

   B. High School (i.e. math 6-12, biology 6-12) by certification field.

   C. Middle School:
   (1) Spring (End of School Year):
   At the end of the school year, employees shall be identified by:
   (a) Area (i.e., PE, Art, Connections classes such as Art, FACS, etc.); or



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   (b) Identified subject area (i.e. social studies, reading, mathematics, science, etc.) -
   Certifications must be appropriate.
   (2) Fall (After School Year Begins):
   After the first day students report, employees shall be identified by:
   (a) Area (i.e., PE, Art, Connections classes such as Art, FACS, etc.); and then by
   (b) Grade level (6th, 7th or 8th) first.); and then by
   (c) Identified subject area (i.e. social studies, reading, mathematics, science, etc.) -
   Certifications must be appropriate.

   D. Elementary School:
   (1) Spring (End of School Year): by Primary (Grades K-3) and Intermediate (Grades
   4-5) inclusive of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) before the first day students
   report.
   (2) Fall (After School Year Begins): Elementary School by Grade (i.e. 3rd, 5th)
   inclusive of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) beginning the first day students
   report.

6. After the affected area is determined, what is the next step?
   The principal will make a list of all certified employees in the affected area and will
   contact the appropriate hiring supervisor in Human Resources to secure the Cobb
   County School District hire date. The teacher with the least Cobb County School
   system seniority will be the reassignee.

7. How does Human Resources determine seniority in the school system?
   Seniority is determined by hire date in the Cobb County School District as a certified
   teacher with no break in service. Hire date is the effective start date in the
   employee’s current, regular position excluding the three orientation days, if
   applicable. In the event that two or more employees have the same hire date, the tie
   will be broken by the latest date of recommendation for employment from the
   principal noted on the Employee Action Form (EAF). If two or more employees have
   the same date of recommendation, the tie will be broken by the latest date on the
   application for employment. If a tie still exists, lot will determine the reassignee.

8. What constitutes a break in service?
   If a teacher resigns or retires and then is rehired, the teacher has had a break in service
   and seniority begins with the rehire date. A long-term leave of absence is not a break
   in service but the time on long-term leave does not add to the accumulated seniority.

9. Does half-day status or certificate type affect seniority?
   No. Half-day status does not affect seniority.

10. Are some employees protected from or ineligible for reassignment?
    Yes. Teachers who receive an approved Cobb County School District supplement for
    additional duties and activities are protected from reassignment (i.e. coaching
    positions, math team, yearbook, etc.). Also, teachers who are the only members of a




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   department (i.e. art, music) or who are the only qualified teacher of a specialty course
   (i.e. Advanced Placement Calculus) are protected from reassignment.

11. How is seniority established within a Foreign Language Department?
    Seniority is established by language, supplement status and CCSD hire date.


12. Will reassignees have any choice in where they will be placed?
    The Questions and Answers for Teachers directs reassignees to check the vacancy list
    on STAR daily and apply directly for positions in which they are interested and for
    which they are qualified. A Human Resources Supervisor will work with each
    reassignee to place him/her in a suitable location.

13. How will I know if a reassignee is interested in my school?
    Go to STAR and enter a query by job posting number. The names of reassignees will
    be at the top of the list and labeled “reassignee”.

14. Suppose an unexpected vacancy arises in an area from which a teacher has been
    reassigned, is it possible for a reassignee to return to his/her previous school?
    Yes. If a vacancy opens at the original school up to five days before the first day new
    teachers report, the principal of the original school MUST notify the reassignee and
    offer him/her the opportunity to return. The reassignee has 24 hours to decide and
    then the placement is final.

15. What happens if a teacher applies for and accepts a transfer to another school and
    after the school year begins, that school loses an allotment, could the transferee be
    reassigned?
    Yes. Transfers will be effective with the new contact year. Once a transferee moves
    to his or her new school, he or she may be subject to reassignment for the first 96
    days of the semester due to loss of program or a decrease in student enrollment in the
    affected area at the new school. This prevents a newly transferred teacher with more
    system seniority from displacing a teacher currently on staff.

16. Could a reassignee return to his/her previous school for the next academic year?
    Possibly. A reassignee may apply for a transfer to the former school or any other
    school but would not be guaranteed placement at any school.

17. What happens if all members of an affected area receive a supplement?
    The sequence of reassignment would then be the teacher in that affected area with the
    least school system seniority.

18. What happens in the case of music (band, orchestra, chorus)?
    The assistant in the affected area will be considered for reassignment before the
    director of the program. The assistant with the least school system seniority will be
    the reassignee.




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