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Old 03-24-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Or even just brand new to your building. I need to revamp the staff handbook. What do you wish had been in there? Or was too vague?

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Old 03-24-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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Let's start with morning routine forms that go to the office, how to take attendance - on line or is there a form? Same for lunch count. As a new teacher, I didn't know all the notes from parents went to the office. I kept track but wasn't sure which the office needed. While that seems silly now, a new teacher does not know the school protocols. Where to find forms to fill out (sick/personal day, field trip)...are they on the school website or are there hard copies somewhere? Also, all procedures: fire drill, dismissal, etc.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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1. Attendance and lunch count procedure.

2. Restroom procedures. My current administrator wants only one class at the restroom at a time and only the number of students as number of stalls in the RR.

3. Lunch procedures. Do students put lunch boxes in a crate or do they carry them? Do you walk them to the lunch room? What do students do with their lunch boxes after lunch on their way to recess?

4. Drill procedures.

5. Expectations for lesson plans (aligned to standards? handed in by a certain time?)

6. Is there a website that needs to be maintained?
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:57 PM
 
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Expectations/rules/procedures for duty posts, including maps if needed (ie bus duty, parking lot duty, etc.)
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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All great ideas above! Dress code policy- schedule- report times- curriculum/important aspects such as PBS school etc..


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Have it in binders
Old 03-24-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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That way you can switch out yearly items. Calendars, Yard Duties, Staff Assignments. The calendars should include staff meeting dates, open house, back-to-school, all testing, progress reports, parent conference weeks.

Playground Rules
Playground Game Rules
How to settle a dispute (quick method of teaching calm down methods and communication)
Discipline Forms
Masters of any forms that would be needed (sub time sheets/ field trip permission/etc. )
Jury Duty Process
Child Protection Service Procedures and Master of Form
Emergency Phone Tree
Fire Drill/Earthquake drill procedures
Dress Code
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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*Procedures/people to follow to report suspected abuse/neglect
*Procedures to document concerns regarding student learning and how to trigger a meeting about a child (pre-IEP)
*Expectations regarding family communication and participation in school events/daily activities
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What to do when...
Old 03-25-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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Furniture breaks
You need more paper
You have a child emergency (who to call)
You really have to go to the bathroom
You have to call in sick
You are asked to tutor
A child throws up in class
You find a contraband item in a child's possession (texting, weapon, etc)
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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- How to use the phone in the room for extensions. And if you have to dial a number for calling off campus.
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