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3120 - Employment of Instructional Staff

The School Board recognizes that it is vital to the successful operation of the District that positions created by the Board be filled with highly qualified and competent personnel. Any person employed in an instructional position requiring certification shall possess a valid certificate issued pursuant to Florida law and shall file the certificate with the District.

The Board may establish reciprocal certification agreements with other Florida school districts whose employment and/or certification requirements are comparable to those of the District.

For purposes of this policy, instructional staff includes: (use unit description from collective bargaining agreement - Classroom Teachers Association).

The Board shall require a candidate for employment as a non-degreed technical instructional staff member with an out-of-district certificate not comparable to the District certification to complete all requirements for initial employment and certification.

The Superintendent shall also conduct employment history checks of all candidates for instructional positions. The employment history check shall include, but not be limited to, contacting any previous employer and screening the candidate through the use of the screening tools described in State law. If contact with (a) previous employer(s) cannot be made, the Superintendent shall document the efforts made to do so.

Any instructional staff member's misstatement of fact material to qualification for employment or the determination of salary shall be considered to constitute grounds for dismissal.

A candidate shall be disqualified from employment in any position that requires direct contact with students if the candidate is ineligible for such employment under F.S. 1012.315.

The employment of instructional staff members prior to approval by the Board is authorized when their employment is required to maintain continuity in District operations. Employment shall be recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board no later than the month following the employee's effective date of employment.

Upon the Superintendent’s recommendation and Board approval of employment, each instructional staff member shall execute a written contract as required by State law and Policy 3128 - Contracts: Instructional Personnel.

INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL

Qualifications of instructional personnel shall be as required by law and Florida Administrative Code.

To be eligible for appointment in any position in any District school, a person must be of good moral character; must have attained the age of 18 years; and must, when required by law, hold a certificate or license issued under rules of the State Board of Education or the Department of Children and Family Services, except when employed pursuant to F.S. 1012.55 or under the emergency provisions of F.S. 1012.24. Previous residence in this State shall not be required in any school of the State as a prerequisite for any person holding a valid Florida certificate or license to serve an instructional capacity.

CERTIFICATION

  A. State Certification
    Teachers who teach in classes for which FEFP funds are earned shall be certified teachers as defined in F.S. 1012.56 and the Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule, F.A.C. 6A-1.0503 and 6A-1.0502.
    F.S. 1021.42

 

  B. District Certification
    It is the intent of the Board that nondegreed technical instructional personnel possess the credentials, knowledge, and/or expertise necessary to provide quality education in the District. The purpose of District certification is to provide evidence of instructional qualifications in order to protect the interest of students, parents, and the public. The requirements for District certification may be found in the Qualifications for Employment of Non-degreed Full-time and Part-time Technical and Part-time Adult Instructional Personnel Manual.
    The Board may revoke a District certificate for cause.

 

  C. Out-of-District Certification for Non-Degreed Technical Instructional Staff Members

 

    1. The Board may establish reciprocal certification agreements with other Florida school districts whose employment and/or certification requirements are comparable to those of the District.

 

    2. The Board shall require a candidate for employment with an out-of-district certificate not comparable to the District Certification to complete all requirements for initial employment and certification.

 

NONCERTIFICATED INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL

The Superintendent is hereby authorized to select and recommend noncertificated instructional personnel for appointment, pursuant to State Board of Education Rule F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, in a critical teacher shortage area, as identified by the Board. To be eligible for employment under this provision, such individuals must hold a Bachelor's or higher degree and possess expert skill in or knowledge of a particular subject or talent, but not hold a Florida teaching certificate. Instructional personnel employed under this policy will not be entitled to receive a contract and shall be governed by the criteria found in the Board's noncertificated instructional personnel procedures.

CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL

Any person employed in a position requiring certification shall possess a valid certificate issued pursuant to Florida law or issued by the Board and shall file said certificate with the Superintendent.

ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION

The alternative certification program is a competency-based program designed to expand the pool of educators to include non-education majors committed to making a positive impact on student achievement. The procedures for this program may be found in the District Alternative Certification Program.

LICENSED PERSONNEL

Licensed personnel must hold a current license to practice in the State of Florida.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CORE AREA TEACHERS

All core area teachers employed by the District shall be "highly qualified". Core area teachers are defined in State and Federal law to include English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. This also includes Exceptional Student Education teachers who teach core area subjects.

Pursuant to Federal law, the specific requirements to attain "highly qualified" status are established by the Florida Department of Education and are set forth in AP 3120.

The District must have a plan and show annual progress towards meeting these teachers qualification requirements.

F.S. 1012.01, 1012.32, 1012.24, 1012.315, 1012.42, 1012.55, 1012.56
F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.0503
20 U.S.C. 6301
20 U.S.C. 7801

Revised 4/1/14

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