For the purposes of class size, schools shall be staffed according to the provisions of this Article for schools utilizing either a 4 or 6-period student day. Should a school site utilize alternative scheduling, this article will be negotiated to address staffing ratios.
10.1 High Schools and Middle Schools
10.1.1 Secondary teachers with a 6-period day shall have a maximum of 175 daily student contacts, with the exception of music and physical education teachers whose maximum daily contacts will not exceed 200, and the exception of teachers of District-authorized remedial classes whose maximum daily contacts will not exceed 100. Secondary teachers with a 4-period day shall have a maximum of 105 daily student contacts, with the exception of music and physical education teachers whose maximum daily contacts will not exceed 120, and the exception of teachers of District-authorized remedial classes whose maximum daily contacts will not exceed 60. Individual teachers may agree to exceed their maximum student contacts to meet their individual program needs. Less than full time teachers, or teachers with combined student maximums, will be assigned student maximums on a proportional basis. Individual class maximums will not exceed established safety maximums previously authorized by the fire department and the District’s insurance providers.
10.1.2 Individual class sizes shall not exceed 37 students per class, with the exception of music and physical education class sizes which shall not exceed 45 students per class. District-authorized remedial classes shall not exceed 25 students per class. Individual teachers may agree to exceed their class maximums. During the first two weeks of instruction of each school year or first week of each term for a 4 period day, class sizes may exceed the maximums in order to balance and finalize the master schedule. An exception to these limits will only occur if the following requirements are met:
10.1.2.1 The Administrator makes every effort to reduce the class size by the start of the third week (or second week for a 4-period day) of the school year, or second week of each trimester/semester/term occurring during the year.
10.1.2.2 The administrator has contacted the assigned teacher to discuss the reason for the class size and provides in writing the timeline for reducing to the appropriate maximum contacts within the semester/trimester.
10.1.2.3 Students in excess of the maximum contacts are distributed evenly and on a rotating basis among the subject matter teachers.
10.1.3 At the conclusion of the first three weeks of instruction of the school year, the personnel department will provide the Association with a master schedule indicating class sizes for each secondary school. At the conclusion of the first week of instruction of each trimester/semester/term occurring during the school year, the personnel department will provide the Association with a master schedule indicating class sizes for each secondary school if requested by the Association.
10.1.4 The following teaching assignments will be excluded from the maximum student contacts in Section 10.1.1: Work Experience
10.2 Elementary Schools
10.2.1 The staffing allocation for elementary schools shall be made to comply with the following class size limits:
DISTRICT WIDE AVERAGE
1, 2, 3
4, 5, 6
10.2.2 At elementary schools with self-contained classrooms, regular classes at that site will be staffed at the District-wide average if that class is the same grade as the designated grade levels in the self-contained classroom.
10.2.3 Deviations from the recommended average or maximum class size may be authorized by the Superintendent or designee after consultation with the classroom teacher in order to meet unique student needs.
10.3 The following certificated employees shall not be included in computing allocation under this Article:
- Management employees as designated by the Board of Education
- District Librarians
- Special Education Teachers
- Categorically Funded Teachers
- Elementary Specialist Teachers
- Elementary Music Teachers
10.4 If the State provides specific funding for reduction of class size and corresponding funding increases for facilities, the District and bargaining agent will meet and problem solve to provide recommendations for implementation.
10.5 Class Size for Full Inclusion Students
10.5.1 For purposes of this sub-article (10.5), students from the “inclusion caseload” means the following:
- Moderate/Severe-Inclusion (Mod/Sev-SC-1)
- Visually Handicapped (VH)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH)
10.5.2 At elementary schools with inclusion classes, whenever reasonably possible, the District will load regular classes that include students from the “inclusion caseload” at the District-wide average, (K at 31, grades 1-3 at 30, and grades 4-6 at 30). In the case of classes participating in class size reduction, class size shall be no more than 20. While inclusion students will be counted for the purpose of establishing the size of the regular class, they will not count for CSR funding. The ADA for inclusion students will be earned through their self-contained assignment.
10.5.3 A regular class that includes Mod/Sev-SC-1 students may exceed the class sizes stated above by a maximum of two (2) students, provided the need for placement of Mod/Sev-SC-1 students warrants. Except as noted in 10.5.4 below, only Mod/Sev-SC-1 students will be placed into a classroom in excess of the District wide averages listed above.
10.5.4 While it is unlikely that the District will need to exceed the maximum of two (2) students set forth in 10.5.3, the parties acknowledge that there must be space available for a transferring-in student who requires VH and/or DHOH services. Accordingly, it is agreed that these two disability areas may exceed the two (2) student maximum restriction set forth in 10.5.3 by one (1) additional student.
10.5.5 Any class that exceeds the averages listed in 10.5.2 and 10.5.3 above will not have additional regular students assigned to that class until the number of enrolled students drops below the appropriate District-wide average.
10.6 Elementary Combination Classes
10.6.1 Whenever enrollment patterns, available facility space, and the District’s financial resources permit, the District will make every effort to minimize the incidence of combination classes, unless the establishment of combination classes is consistent with the attainment of a particular staff’s educational program.
10.6.2 Combo-class size will conform to contractual limits for regular classes. Whenever possible, combination classes will be equally balanced, with a variance between the two grades being no greater than 4 students. Classes shall be capped and closed prior to the close of the previous school year. Combination class teachers shall have the option to fill or hold at the soft cap.
10.6.3 Volunteers shall be given the first consideration for selection. If a volunteer is not selected, then combo class teachers shall be selected by the site principal in consultation with grade level teams. At sites with two or more teachers per grade level, combo class teachers shall not teach a combo class for two or more consecutive years without mutual agreement on the part of the teacher and site administrator. If a combo teacher cannot be selected using the above criteria, then teachers at the affected grade levels shall rotate responsibility of combo classes on a yearly basis.
10.6.4 In order for the class to be set up for success, the site administrator will consult with the school staff regarding guidelines for placement of appropriate students.
10.6.5 Combo-teachers may request first selection of remaining prep time as well as library and computer time following UA and educational programming slots that are established.
10.6.6 The combo-class teacher shall be excluded from sharing rooms with prep specialists when the facilities and/or schedules permit.
10.6.7 Teaching a combo class will count as a single adjunctive duty for the school year.
10.6.8 Teachers shall receive a $250 materials stipend for teaching a combo class.