Chapter 300

Article 301

Class Size

301.01 Classes shall be organized and maintained in compliance

with the Administrative Policy on Class Size and

the class size limitations provided in such policy dated

August 31, 1992, or as modified in compliance with the

provisions included in such policy as shown below:

 

Administrative Policy on Class Size

Effective August 1, 1997

 

The following shall constitute the Administrative

Policy on Class Size of the Columbus City Schools:

1. All school and grade level regular elementary classes

(kindergarten and grades 1–5) will be organized in

each school building on the basis of approximately 25

pupils per classroom teacher. Variations will be necessary

because of different grade level enrollment totals.

Classes which exceed 30 pupils on October 1 will be

reduced so that no class will exceed 30 pupils except

that if the teacher(s) involved so elect and the principal

so elects, a given class(es) may exceed 30 pupils as

an alternative to reorganization of the classes within

the given school (29 pupils rather than 30 pupils

beginning in 1998–1999 for grades K–3). For class

size purposes, mainstreamed special education students

shall be counted the same as the percent of the

pupil day they spend in a regular classroom.

2. All middle school academic classes will be organized

in each school building on the basis of approximately

30 pupils per classroom teacher. Variations will be

necessary because of different grade level enrollment

totals. Classes which exceed 35 pupils on October 1

and class loads which exceed an average of 30 pupils

per academic period for an individual teacher on

October 1 will be reduced so that no class will exceed

such maximums, except that if the teacher(s) involved

so elect and the principal so elects, a given class or a

given teacher’s class load may exceed such maximums

as an alternative to reorganization of the classes within

the given school. For class size purposes in self-contained

classes, mainstreamed special education students

shall be counted the same as the percent of the

pupil day they spend in a regular classroom.

3. All high school academic classes will be organized in

each school building so as to have an average class size

in each departmental area of approximately 28 pupils

per class. Classes which exceed 36 pupils on October 1

will be reduced so that no class will exceed 36 pupils,

except that if the teacher(s) involved so elect and the

principal so elects, a given class(es) may exceed 36

pupils as an alternative to reorganization of the classes

within the given school.

4. All middle and high school nonacademic classes will

be organized in each school building so as to have a

class size not in excess of the number of pupil stations

in each subject area.

5. Except in certain activity type classes such as computer,

physical education and music, no high school

teacher is to instruct more than 180 pupils per day

exclusive of study halls. The reorganization necessary

to comply with this standard will be completed by

October 1.

6. When a class exceeds the above limits after October 1,

the Administration will investigate the specific circumstances

and determine the most constructive

course of action to reduce, where feasible, the number

of pupils to the October 1 class size limits. The investigation

will include consideration of enrollment and

organizational factors at the building level and will

provide for input from the principal and the

teacher(s). In cases where a reduction to the October

1 class size limit does not occur, a written explanation

will be provided to the teacher upon request.

7. The Administration shall notify the Association at

least sixty (60) days prior to any change in this administrative

policy, except that such notification shall not

occur prior to April 15 of the year in which the

Agreement expires. If such notification is made while

negotiations for a successor agreement is in progress,

the Association may introduce a class size proposal for

negotiations even though a negotiations agenda may

have been set, unless the issue class size is already on

said agenda.

301.02 The maintenance of equitable class size is a matter

of proper concern to the teachers, and to the extent

that class sizes create substantial inequities in staffing

in relation to comparable courses in the same school,

such substantial inequities shall be subject to the

grievance procedure.

301.03 The Association Building Council shall study and

make recommendations to the principal in each middle

and high school concerning the number of pupil

stations in nonacademic classrooms.

301.04 The Administration will make a concerted effort to

complete the initial class size adjustments within the

first eighteen (18) pupil attendance days of the school

year.

301.05 This article is subject to possible modification as a

result of the following:

1. Either party may reopen negotiations using the

procedure of Section 1401 if the General Assembly

enacts legislation during the term of this

Agreement mandating lower class size ratios and

providing the funding for class size reductions.

2. The Superintendent or designee(s) and the

Association President or designee(s) shall meet and

confer after the 1997–1998 school year to discuss

the results of a pilot emphasis project with grades

K-3 at specified schools and to consider modification

of administrative policy or of this article with

respect to class size limits at those grade levels in

light of those results.

Article 302

Teacher Class Load

302.01 The class load for middle and high school teachers

shall not exceed six (6) academic class periods per day

and/or thirty (30) academic class periods per week. The

class load for high school English teachers shall not

exceed five (5) class periods per day and/or twenty-five

(25) class periods per week.

302.02 Elementary Planning-Preparation Time

A. Full-time teachers in elementary schools shall have

planning-preparation time averaging approximately

forty-five (45) minutes per day. Such planning-preparation

time shall be considered to be a portion of the

unassigned time during the teacher’s regular work day.

B. The District shall continue to provide elementary

teacher preparation time (averaging 45 minutes/day)

consistent with 302.02(A). During the 2000–2001

school year, the Superintendent/designee shall designate

some elementary schools to pilot forty-five (45)

minute staff-collaboration periods per week. Staff

collaboration periods may be by grade levels (primary/

intermediate) or grades. The Superintendent/

designee shall solicit input from the ABC at each

school, recommended to be included in the pilot.

The building principal and the ABC shall jointly

author the final Elementary School Collaboration

Time Report, including a school recommendation

from each school. A copy of the final Elementary

School Collaboration Time Report shall be distributed

to the Superintendent/designee, the CEA

President/designee and the Director of Labor

Relations on or before June 1, 2001.

302.03 Full-time teachers in regular elementary schools

teaching kindergarten through fifth grade shall be

assured a daily ten (10) to fifteen (15) minute break.

Such break shall be free of pupil supervision and other

assigned duty responsibilities and shall occur approximately

mid-morning or mid-afternoon, as determined

by the building principal. Regular or chronic violation of

this provision shall be subject to the grievance procedure,

provided the building principal and Central

Administration have been advised of the claimed violations

and given a reasonable period of time in which to

correct the problem.

302.04 Where unusual scheduling exists, the daily average

of a teacher’s weekly schedule shall approximate the

above time distributions.

302.05 Each elementary staff shall conduct a written ballot

to determine whether there shall be one (1) or two (2)

fifteen (15) minute recesses per day. The results of such

ballot shall be posted on the school’s bulletin board. In

the event of a tie, the issue shall be decided by the principal.

That status quo shall remain in effect in future

school years unless the ABC or the principal calls for

reconsideration. Reconsideration can only be called for

once per school year. However, a change in that status

quo can only be implemented after the first two work

days of the regular school year with the principal’s concurrence.

302.06 The parties recognize that a large number of preparations

for high school teachers in the academic areas

may detract from their teaching effectiveness. Therefore,

high school administrators will make an effort, where

practical with the assigned staff in relation to the school

program, to make teaching assignments to such teachers

in a manner that will limit the necessary preparations to

three (3) or fewer for distinctively different courses. The

parties recognize that certain teaching areas, such as

diversified English and foreign language, may tend to

have more exceptions to this goal than other teaching

areas. The parties also recognize that the financial condition

of the school system may negatively impact the

Administration’s effort in this regard.

302.07 Kindergarten through seventh grade classroom

teachers who determine that a student may be retained,

shall develop and submit a Diagnostic Performance

Summary plan to the principal prior to June 1. This

Diagnostic Performance Summary form and procedures

will be mutually developed. The parties shall use the

draft form discussed during bargaining on May 25,

2000, as a guide for content. The form to be used shall

be in a computerized format (if possible). At the elementary

level, the form shall replace the fourth interim

report for failing students, technology permitting.

 

Article 304

Study Halls

304.01 The Board shall continue efforts to reduce the number

and size of study halls which have mandatory pupil

attendance.

304.02 In academic assist programs in middle schools, the

number of pupils under the supervision of a teacher shall

not exceed the maximum class size for a middle school

academic class. Such supervision by a teacher shall count

as an assigned duty.

Memorandum of Agreement

Eight-Period Day in High Schools and Middle Schools

The Columbus Board of Education and the Columbus

Education Association (CEA), which are parties to a collective

bargaining agreement, agree to this Memorandum as an

addition to terms set forth in the collective bargaining

agreement:

1. Beginning with the school year (SY) 2009–

2010, all high schools (HS) and middle schools

(MS) in the Columbus City Schools District,

with the exception of Fort Hayes Arts and

Academic High School, Eastmoor Academy,

and Columbus Alternative High School, shall

institute a student day consisting of eight (8)

52–55 minute periods. No teacher shall be

assigned more than five (5) periods of instruction

per day. HS English teachers will have two

(2) conference periods. In the event any school

or teacher elects to deviate from this schedule,

the school must first obtain approval from the

Reform Panel.

2. The HS/MS teacher workday, with the exception

of the aforementioned schools cited in section

one, shall be from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.,

with a 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. student day. No

teacher will have more than a seven and one-

half (71⁄2) hour workday. HS and MS school

teachers will have a one-period lunch as is normal

practice. The maximum student load per

day will not exceed 150 students.

3. The elementary teacher workday shall be from

8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a 9:00 a.m. to 3:30

p.m. student day.

This schedule shall be in effect district wide. This agreement

shall remain in effect and subject to annual review

prior to January 15 of a current SY.

Signed by Rhonda Johnson, Sally Oldham and Rick Logan

for CEA and Gene Harris, Cynthia Picciano and V.

DeWayne Howard for the Board

Entered this 30th day of March 2009.

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