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PLANNING AND PREPARATION

Each classroom teacher is entitled to at least 450 minutes within each two-week period for instructional preparation including parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students' homework, and planning. A planning and preparation period may not be less than 45 minutes within the instructional day. During that time a teacher may not be required to participate in any other activity.

Education Code 21.404

DUTY-FREE LUNCH

Each classroom teacher, or full-time librarian, is entitled to at least a 30-minute lunch period free from all duties and responsibilities connected with the instruction and supervision of students.

Education Code 21.405

Exception

If necessary, because of a personnel shortage, extreme economic conditions, or unavoidable, or unforeseen circumstances, and in accordance with commissioner rules, TSBVI may require a classroom teacher, or librarian, to supervise students during lunch no more than one day in any school week. Education Code 21.405

In determining whether an exceptional circumstance exists, TSBVI shall use the following guidelines:

  1. A personnel shortage exists when, despite reasonable efforts to use nonteaching personnel, or the assistance of community volunteers to supervise students during lunch, no other personnel are available.
  2. Unavoidable, or unforeseen circumstances exist when, because of illness, epidemic, or natural or man-made disaster, TSBVI is unable to find individuals to supervise students during lunch.

19 TAC 153.1001

Adopted: 3/7/80

Amended: 3/11/83, 9/21/84, 7/12/85, 10/25/85, 3/22/91, 5/26/94, 1/26/96, 5/24/96, 11/15/96

Reviewed: 3/24/00, 1/31/03