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The Board shall limit redundant requests for information and the number and length of written reports that a classroom teacher is required to prepare.

A classroom teacher may not be required to prepare any written information other than:

  1. Any report concerning the health, safety, or welfare of a student;
  2. A report of a student's grade on an assignment or examination;
  3. A report of a student's academic progress in a class or course;
  4. A report of a student's grades at the end of each grade reporting period;
  5. A textbook report;
  6. A unit or weekly lesson plan that outlines, in a brief and general manner, the information to be presented during each period at the secondary level or in each subject or topic at the elementary level;
  7. An attendance report;
  8. Any report required for accreditation review;
  9. Any information required by a district that relates to a complaint, grievance, or actual or potential litigation and that requires the classroom teacher's involvement; or
  10. Any information specifically required by law, rule, or regulation.

The School may collect essential information, in addition to the information specified above, from a classroom teacher on agreement between the classroom teacher and the School.


The Board shall review paperwork requirements imposed on classroom teachers and transfer to existing noninstructional staff a reporting task that can reasonably be accomplished by that staff. [See BAA]

Education Code 11.164

Adopted: 5/25/05




Staff development shall be predominantly campus-based, related to achieving campus performance objectives, and developed and approved by the schoolwide committee [see BQA].

Training Specifics

The staff development provided by the School must be conducted in accordance with standards developed by the School and designed to improve education in the School.  

The staff development may include:

  1. Training in technology, conflict resolution, ethics, and discipline strategies, including classroom management, School discipline policies, and the Student Code of Conduct;
  2. Training that relates to instruction of students with disabilities and in the prevention, identification, response to, and reporting incidents of bullying, recognizing and preventing human trafficking and suicide prevention;
  3. Digital learning; and
  4. Instruction as to what is permissible under law, including opinions of the United States Supreme Court, regarding prayer in public school.

The digital learning training must discuss basic technology proficiency expectations and methods to increase an educator’s digital literacy, and assist an educator in the use of digital technology in learning activities that improve teaching, assessment, and instructional practices.

Education Code 21.451(b)-(d); (d-3), (g);  [Also see DH, DHB, DHG, DIA, and FFB]

The School may use schoolwide staff development that has been developed and approved through the district-level decision process.

Education Code 21.452(c)

Students with Disabilities

Staff development must include training that is evidence based, as defined by Section 8101, Every Student Succeeds Act (20 USC 7801), that relates to the instruction of students with disabilities and is designed for educators who work primarily outside the area of special education.

TSBVI is required to provide such training only if the educator does not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the individualized education program developed for a student receiving instruction form the educator.  The School may determine the time and place at which the training is delivered.

In developing or maintaining such training, TSBVI must consult persons with expertise in research-based practices for students with disabilities, including colleges, universities, private and nonprofit organizations, regional education service centers, qualified School personnel, and any other persons identified as qualified by the School.

Education Code 21.451(d)(2), (e)-(f)

Suicide Prevention

Staff development must include suicide prevention training to all new TSBVI educators and other direct care staff on an annual basis, as part of a new employee orientation and to existing School educators on the following schedule adopted by TEA rule:

  1. Provide the training to all educators and direct care staff as a part of employee orientation at least once.
  2. Each subsequent school year, provide the training to all new educators and direct care staff as a part of new employee orientation.

The suicide prevention training must use a best practice-based program recommended by the Texas
Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in coordination with TEA.  The training may be satisfied through independent review of suicide prevention training material that complies with guidelines developed by TEA and is offered online.

Suicide prevention training that was provided to existing educators by TSBVI on or after September 1, 2013, may be used to meet the requirements if the training program is on the recommended best practice-based list, or is an online program that meets the TEA guidelines for independent review.

The School shall maintain records that include the name of each educator who participated in the training.

Education Code 21.451(d)(3)-(d-2); 19 TAC 153.1013

Mental Health Support Programs

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with TEA and regional education service centers (ESCs), shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices in the areas specified below for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. TSBVI may select from the list a program or programs appropriate for implementation:

  1. Early mental health intervention;
  2. Mental health promotion;
  3. Building skills related to managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making;
  4. Substance abuse prevention and intervention;
  5. Suicide prevention;
  6. Grief-informed and trauma-informed practices;
  7. Positive behavior interventions and supports and positive youth development; and
  8. Safe, supportive, and positive school climate.

“School climate” means the quality and character of school life, including interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures, as experienced by students enrolled in the School, parents of those students, and personnel employed by TSBVI.

The programs on the list must include components that provide for training counselors, teachers, nurses, administrators, and other staff, as well as security officers and social workers who regularly interact with students, to:

  1. Recognize students at risk of committing suicide, including students who are or may be the victims of or who engage in bullying;
  2. Recognize students displaying early warning signs and a possible need for early mental health or substance abuse intervention, which warning signs may include declining academic performance, depression, anxiety, isolation, unexplained changes in sleep or eating habits, and destructive behavior toward self and others; and
  3. Intervene effectively with students described above by providing notice and referral to a parent or guardian so appropriate action, such as seeking mental health or substance abuse services, may be taken by a parent or guardian.

Required Training

TSBVI shall provide training described in components 1-3, above for teachers, principals, and all other appropriate personnel.  The School may use a program from the DSHS list above to satisfy the training requirements.

TSBVI is required to provide the training in the elementary school only to the extent that sufficient funding and programs are available.  The School may implement a program on the list described at Health and Safety Code 161.325 to satisfy the training requirements. [See FFB]

If TSBVI provides the training, a School employee must participate in the training at least one time, and the School shall maintain records that include the name of each employee who participated in the training.

Health and Safety Code 161.325

Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Methods for increasing awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children [see BQ, School improvement plan, and FFG] must address employee training.

The training must be provided as part of employee orientation to all new employees. The training may be included in staff development under Education Code 21.451.

The training shall address:

  1. Factors indicating a child is at risk for sexual abuse or other maltreatment;
  2. Likely warning signs indicating a child may be a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment;
  3. Internal procedures for seeking assistance for a child who is at risk for sexual abuse or other maltreatment, including referral to a social worker, or another mental health professional;
  4. Techniques for reducing a child’s risk of sexual abuse or other maltreatment; and
  5. Community organizations that have relevant existing research-based programs and that are able to provide training or other education for employees, students, and parents.

TSBVI shall maintain records of the training that include the name of each employee who participated.

If TSBVI determines that the School does not have sufficient resources to provide the required training, the School shall work with a community organization to provide the training at no cost to TSBVI.

Education Code 38.0041

Human Trafficking

TSBVI will train nurses, school counselors, social workers, administrators and teachers to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, including referral for services.

Gov’t Code 402.035

Student Discipline

Each principal or other appropriate administrator who oversees student discipline shall, at least once every three school years, attend professional development training regarding Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter G. The professional development shall include training relating to the distinction between a discipline management technique used at the principal’s discretion under Education Code 37.002(a) and the discretionary authority of a teacher to remove a disruptive student under Education Code 37.002(b) [see FOA].

The professional development training may be provided in coordination with an education service center through the use of distance learning methods, such as telecommunications networks, and using available TEA resources.

Education Code 37.0181

Special Programs Training

Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies

A teacher shall attend a Texas adolescent literacy academy under 19 Administrative Code 102.1101 if:

  1. The teacher teaches at a campus that receives a rating that reflects unacceptable performance and that fails to meet the state system safeguard performance target in reading for one or more student groups; and
  2. The teacher teaches in general education, special education, or English as a second language for students in grade 6, 7, or 8, and:
    1. The teacher is a certified, full-time English language arts and reading teacher who instructs English language arts and/or reading for at least 50 percent of the teacher’s instructional duties; or
    2. The teacher is a certified, full-time content area teacher who instructs mathematics, science, and/or social studies for at least 50 percent of the teacher’s instructional duties.

A teacher described above is required to complete the training not later than December 31 of the calendar year in which the rating that reflects unacceptable performance is assigned.

A teacher who is required to attend an academy is eligible for a teacher stipend upon completion of face-to-face training if funds have been appropriated and are available for that purpose.  A teacher who completes online training is not eligible for a stipend.

The stipend shall not be considered in determining whether a district is paying the teacher the state minimum monthly salary [See DEA and DEAA].

Each school with teachers required to attend and complete Texas adolescent reading academies must maintain records to verify teacher attendance and completion in accordance with the School’s record retention policy.

Education Code 21.4551(c), (e); 19 TAC 102.1101

Automated External Defibrillators

TSBVI shall annually make available to employees and volunteers instruction in the principles and techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The instruction provided in the use of AEDs must meet guidelines for approved AED training under Health and Safety Code 779.002.  Each school nurse, assistant school nurse, athletic coach or sponsor, physical education instructor, cheerleading coach, and any other employee specified by the commissioner, and each student who serves as an athletic trainer, must:

  1. Participate in the instruction; and
  2. Receive and maintain certification in the use of an AED from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or a similar nationally recognized association.

Education Code 22.902

Extracurricular Activity Safety Training

The following persons must satisfactorily complete the extracurricular safety training program developed by the commissioner:

  1. A coach or sponsor for an extracurricular athletic activity;
  2. A trainer, unless the trainer has completed the educational requirements for licensure as a licensed athletic trainer set forth at 22 Administrative Code 871.7 and the continuing education requirements at 22 Administrative Code 871.12; and
  3. A physician who is employed by TSBVI or who volunteers to assist with an extracurricular athletic activity, unless the physician attends a continuing medical education course that specifically addresses emergency medicine.

The training may be conducted by TSBVI, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or a similar organization, or by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

Education Code 33.202(b), (f); 19 TAC 76.1003


 The Superintendent shall maintain complete and accurate records of the School’s compliance with professional development and TSBVI shall make available to the public proof of compliance and staff qualifications for each person employed by or volunteering for the School who is required to receive safety training.

Education Code 33.206; 19 TAC 76.1003(e)


TSBVI shall require that each employee who serves as an athletic coach at or above the seventh grade level for an extracurricular athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the UIL complete:

1.   The educational program developed by the UIL regarding the health effects of steroids; or

2.   A comparable program developed by the School or a private entity with relevant expertise.

Education Code 33.091(c-1)


At least once every two years, the following employees shall take a course from an authorized provider in the subject matter of concussions:

  1. A coach of an interscholastic athletic activity shall take a course approved by the UIL.
  2. An athletic trainer who serves as a member of TSBVI’s concussion oversight team shall take a course approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) or a course approved for continuing education credit by the licensing authority for athletic trainers.
  3. A licensed health-care professional, other than an athletic trainer, who serves as a member of a district’s concussion oversight team shall take a course approved by the UIL, TDLR, or the appropriate licensing authority for the profession.

The employee must submit proof of timely completion of an approved course to the Superintendent or designee.  A licensed health-care professional who is not in compliance with these training requirements may not serve on a concussion oversight team in any capacity. [See FM]

Education Code 38.158


If the School receives resources from the commissioner's staff development account, it must pay to the commissioner for deposit in the account an amount equal to one-half of the cost of the resources provided to the School. 

Education Code 21.453(b)

Adopted:         3/7/80

Amended:       7/12/85, 10/25/85, 1/14/88, 9/15/88, 1/26/90, 9/27/90, 9/27/91, 5/26/94, 11/14/97, 1/24/02, 1/31/03, 5/25/05, 8/9/18


Adopted: 11/14/97
Reviewed: 1/24/02


TSBVI shall annually provide to each employee an educational pamphlet about:

  1. Methods of transmission and prevention of HIV infection;
  2. State laws relating to the transmission of HIV infection; and
  3. Conduct that may result in the transmission of HIV infection.

Health and Safety Code 85.111(a)


The educational pamphlet provided annually to employees shall be provided to a newly hired employee on the first day of employment.

Health and Safety Code 85.111(b)

Adopted: 11/14/97
Reviewed: 1/24/02



The purpose of this policy is to ensure that TSBVI develops and implements a comprehensive training program for instructional and other staff who work with students.  The intent is to establish a fundamental core of information, knowledge, and concepts directly related to the education of students with visual impairments which must be mastered by specified personnel employed at TSBVI. 


The training program will consist of intensive training in the foundations of visual impairments covering the effects of visual impairment on development, building independence, eye anatomy, conditions and medications, working with parents, instructional strategies and adaptations, tactual adaptations, low vision adaptations, eligibility and services, the expanded core curriculum, adapted technology and orientation and mobility.  Components of the instruction will be a program of courses in Bridge as well as face to face training.  All required instruction and activities (homework, tests, etc.) must be completed within a twelve-month period after hire.


The Superintendent shall ensure that procedures are developed to implement this policy.


The following staff shall be required to take TSBVI’s training program in foundations of visual impairment, except for those staff who hold the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) supplemental certification from the State Board of Educator Certification:

  1. Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs)
  2. Social Workers
  3. Speech Pathologists
  4. Outreach professional staff whose assignments do not require the TVI supplemental certification
  5. Physical and Occupational Therapists and OT/PT Assistants
  6. Teacher Aides (all levels)
  7. Job Coaches and other paraeducator Career Education staff.
  8. Health Center Director (training is optional for other nurses)
  9. Staff Development Coordinator
  10. Residential Directors
  11. Assistant Residential Director
  12. Dorm Managers
  13. Residential Instructors (not including overnight residential instructors)

If an employee changes positions so that the new position requires a higher level of training under the provisions of this policy, that employee shall complete the additional requirements within the timelines established by this policy.

Adopted:         5/8/81 (as DBA)

Amended:       6/29/84, 7/12/85, 1/23/87, 7/17/87, 11/12/87, 9/15/88, 6/1/89, 1/26/90, 5/28/92, 5/26/95, 9/29/95, 11/17/95 (as DBA), 11/14/97 (as DMBA), 9/22/00, 6/1/18

School employees may be permitted to attend meetings of professional organizations during a work day, with pay, if a direct school-related purpose will be accomplished. Such release time shall not be granted if the meetings are primarily to pursue the business of the organization. Atty. Gen. Op. MW-89 (1979)

Adopted: 5/14/83
Amended: 5/26/94
Reviewed: 1/26/96, 3/24/00, 3/21/03


Each TSBVI teacher must be appraised and must have a written evaluation at least once during each school year.

Education Code 21.203; 21.352(c).


In addition to conducting a complete appraisal as frequently as required by Education Code 21.352(c), appropriate components of the appraisal process, such as classroom observations and walk-throughs, will be conducted more frequently as necessary to ensure that a teacher receives adequate evaluation and guidance.  Priority will be given to conducting appropriate components more frequently for inexperienced teachers or experienced teachers with identified areas of deficiency.  Education Code 21.352(c-1)


The statutorily required components of teacher appraisal are defined as follows and shall be used in each teacher’s appraisal:

  1. The implementation of discipline management procedures is the teacher’s pedagogical practices that produce student engagement and establish the learning environment.
  2. The performance of teachers’ students is how the individual teacher’s students progress academically in response to the teacher’s pedagogical practice as measured at the individual teacher level by one or more student growth measures. [See TSBVI Procedure P.2.1.2]

19 TAC 150.1001(f)


The School shall use a teacher’s consecutive appraisals from more than one year, if available, in making employment decisions and developing career recommendations for the teacher.  Education Code 21.352(e)

The School shall notify a teacher of the results of any appraisal of the teacher in a timely manner so that the appraisal may be used as a developmental tool by the School and the teacher to improve the overall performance of the teacher.  Education Code 21.352(f)


A teacher who directs extracurricular activities in addition to performing classroom teaching duties shall be appraised only on the basis of classroom teaching performance and not on performance in connection with extracurricular activities. Education Code 21.353


The School shall maintain a written copy of the evaluation of each teacher's performance in the teacher's personnel file.

Each teacher is entitled to receive a written copy of the evaluation promptly on its completion.  The evaluation and any rebuttal may be given to another school district at which the teacher has applied for employment at the request of that district. Education Code 21.352(c)


A document evaluating the performance of a teacher is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under the Public Information Act, Government Code 552. [See GBA]

TSBVI may give TEA a document evaluating the performance of a teacher employed by the School for purposes of an investigation conducted by TEA. A document provided to TEA remains confidential unless the document becomes part of the record in a contested case under the Administrative Procedures Act, Government Code, Chapter 2001.

Except as provided by a court order prohibiting disclosure, a document provided to TEA may be used in a disciplinary proceeding against a teacher if the document may be admitted under rules of evidence applicable to a contested case under Government Code 2001.081.

Education Code 21.355


The School shall develop its own teacher appraisal system supported by procedures and by the processes outlined in the Texas Education Code 21.352.

Development of Appraisal System

The Instructional Planning Council develops:

  1. A local appraisal process; and
  2. Evaluation criteria, including discipline management and performance of the teachers' students.


TSBVI shall have a clearly defined set of procedures for training appraisers.  TSBVI shall identify the qualities appraisers must demonstrate and include appropriate proficiency checks to evaluate the performance of all educators performing appraisals under the School’s locally adopted appraisal system.  The School shall be responsible for documenting that appraisers have met training criteria established by TSBVI.  19 TAC 244.3

Note:  The standards to be used to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers are outlined in 19 Administrative Code 149.1001.

Appraisal Process

The School’s appraisal process shall include:

  1. At least one appraisal each year. The locally developed appraisal process includes a "Standard Annual Appraisal" which includes a 45-minute observation period and the evaluation of teacher performance in designated instructional domains; and an "Alternative Annual Appraisal" which includes a minimum of two "walk-through" observations per school year of at least 20 minutes each. Each teacher is appraised using the Standard Annual Appraisal except that a teacher is eligible to be appraised using the Alternative Annual Appraisal if:
    1. the teacher has obtained the teacher of students with visual impairments supplemental certification except that an Orientation and Mobility Specialist is not required to obtain the teacher of students with visual impairments supplemental certification but must be certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals [see 19 TAC 89.1131(e)]; and
    2. the teacher annually agrees in writing to an appraisal using the Alternative Annual Appraisal; and
    3. the teacher's three most recent appraisals, as long as the appraisals were conducted within the past five years, at TSBVI rated the teacher as at least proficient, or the equivalent, and did not identify any area of deficiency.
    4. A teacher who is eligible to be appraised using the Alternative Annual Appraisal shall be appraised a minimum of once every three years using the Standard Annual Appraisal.  During any school year when a Standard Annual Appraisal is not required for an eligible teacher, the teacher may require that a Standard Annual Appraisal be conducted by providing written notice to the supervisor; the supervisor may require that a Standard Annual Appraisal be conducted if the teacher has a new assignment with significantly different instructional responsibilities or if the supervisor has identified a deficiency in the teacher's performance.
  2. A conference between the teacher and the appraiser that is diagnostic and prescriptive with regard to remediation needed in overall performance by category; and
  3. Criteria based on observable, job-related behavior, including:
    1. Teachers' implementation of discipline management procedures, as defined in 19 TAC 105.1001(f)(1); and
    2. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the performance of the teacher's students as defined in 19 TAC 150.1001(f)(2).

Board Acceptance

The Instructional Planning Council submits the appraisal process and criteria to the Superintendent, who submits the appraisal process and criteria to the Board with a recommendation to accept or reject. The Board may accept or reject, with comments, an appraisal process and performance criteria, but may not modify the process or criteria. Education Code 21.352(a)(2), (b); 19 TAC 150.1007(a)

Adopted:         11/13/81

Amended:       9/9/83, 5/30/86, 9/15/88, 3/22/91, 5/26/94, 11/18/94, 1/26/96, 9/26/97, 3/24/00, 11/21/03, 5/25/05, 11/18/16, 8/9/18

Reviewed:       3/21/03


All noncontract staff shall be evaluated in writing at least annually. The appraisal program shall be administered as follows:


Job related criteria shall provide the basis for evaluation and appraisal of employee performance. Each employee shall be informed of the criteria on which he, or she, will be evaluated.


Evaluation and appraisal ratings shall be based on the evaluation instrument and cumulative performance data gathered by supervisors throughout the year. Each employee shall have at least one appraisal conference annually and may have as many as the supervisor deems necessary.


Reports, correspondence, and memoranda may be placed in each employee's personnel file, as necessary, to document performance.


To the extent possible, written evaluations on School-approved forms shall be completed prior to a recommendation to the Superintendent regarding continued employment. The completed form should be signed by both the evaluator and the person being evaluated, and a copy of the evaluation shall be given to the employee.

Adopted:         1/26/96

Amended:       3/21/03

Reviewed:       1/25/19


Administrators and other certified professionals shall be appraised in the performance of their job duties annually, or at more frequent intervals.  Education Code 21.203(a)


All administrators shall be appraised annually using the local criteria and procedures.

Education Code 21.3541(f)(2),(g); 19 TAC 150.1026


A document evaluating the performance of a teacher or administrator is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under the Public Information Act, Government Code 552.  Education Code 21.355 [For evaluation disclosure requirements, See GBA]


The information in the annual report describing the educational performance of the School (see BQA) shall be a primary consideration of the Superintendent in evaluating the Comprehensive Programs Principal.  In addition, the appraisal of the Comprehensive Programs Principal shall include consideration of the School's performance indicators and the objectives of Comprehensive Programs, including performance gains and the maintenance of those gains.

Education Code 21.3541(f)(2),(g); 19 TAC 150.1026

Notice to ESC

The Superintendent shall notify the executive director of ESC 13 in writing of the school’s choice of appraisal system when using an alternative to the commissioner’s recommended appraisal system and detail the components of that system by the first day of instruction for the school year in which the alternative system is used.

TSBVI shall submit annually to ESC 13 a summary of the evaluation scores from the locally adopted appraisal system. 

19 TAC 150.1027

Appraisal Instrument and Process

TSBVI shall involve appropriate administrators and schoolwide committee in developing, selecting, or revising the appraisal instruments and process.

Before conducting appraisals, an appraiser shall provide evidence of training in appropriate personnel evaluation skills related to the locally established criteria and process.

The School may also implement a process for collecting staff input for evaluating administrators. If the School implements such a process, the input must not be anonymous.

The appraisal of the Principal shall include a student performance domain. The School shall use the student performance domain developed in consultation with the schoolwide committee and adopted by the Board for the Principal. 

Education Code 21.3541; 19 TAC 150.1026,.1027

Note:  The standards, indicators, knowledge, and skills to be used to align with the training, appraisal, and professional development of principals are outlined in 19 Administrative Code 149.2001.

Appraisals of Campus Administrators Other Than Principals

TSBVI shall appraise each campus administrator, other than a principal, annually using an appraisal process and performance criteria developed by TSBVI in consultation with the schoolwide committee and adopted by the Board.


The domains and descriptors used to evaluate each administrator may include the following:

  1. Instructional management.
  2. School or organization morale.
  3. School or organization improvement.
  4. Personnel management.
  5. Management of administrative, fiscal, and facilities functions.
  6. Student management.
  7. School or community relations.
  8. Professional growth and development.
  9. Academic excellence indicators and campus performance objectives.

In developing appraisal instruments, the School shall use the current job description, as applicable.

19 TAC 150.1028


The School shall use the job description and evaluation form developed by the commissioner of education to evaluate school counselors.  Education Code 21.356

Adopted:                     1/13/81

Amended:                   9/9/83, 5/30/86, 9/15/88, 3/22/91, 5/26/94, 11/18/94, 1/26/96, 9/26/97, 5/25/00, 3/21/03, 5/25/05, 1/25/19, 1/31/20




The Board, by local policy, shall adopt qualifications for principals. Education Code 11.202(c)

Principals are required to:

  1. Successfully complete the appropriate examinations required under 19 TAC 230.;
  2. Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  3. Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate, Principal, Mid-management Administrator, Administrator, or Superintendent certificate according to State Board of Educator Certification rules; certification endorsement in Visually Handicapped, certification as Orientation and Mobility specialist, or Board-approved equivalent;
  4. Have two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher, as defined by 19 TAC Chapter 153 and Education Code 5.001 (2); and
  5. Successfully complete a principal preparation program that meets the requirements of 19 Administrative Code 241.10 (Preparation Program Requirements), 19 Administrative Code 241.15 (Standards Required for the Principal Certificate), 19 Administrative Code Chapter 227 (Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates), and 19 Administrative Code Chapter 228 (Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs).

19 TAC 241.20

In addition, Principals must possess:

  1. Three years of classroom teaching experience, plus demonstrated administrative ability.
  2. Knowledge of curriculum, instructional methods and resources.
  3. Ability to provide leadership and direction to improve teacher effectiveness and quality instruction.
  4. Ability to foster effective communication among instructional staff, parents, and other professional staff.


The Principal is supervised by the Superintendent.


The Principal supervises teachers and aides, Assistant Principal(s), Residential Supervisor(s), clerical staff, and instructional support personnel assigned.


The role of the Principal is to coordinate and direct the efforts of School and residential staff in the achievement of program objectives.  The Principal works to improve staff effectiveness, provide administrative support and ensure provision of appropriate instructional programs for students.


The principal shall be the instructional leader of the School and shall be provided with adequate training and personnel assistance to assume that role.  Education Code 11.202(a)

A Principal shall:

  1. Approve all teacher and staff appointments for the program. [See DK]
  2. Set specific education objectives for the program, through the planning process.
  3. Plan for the organization and assignment of campus resources for the instructional program, including personnel, facilities, materials, and schedules.
  4. Regularly consult with the schoolwide committee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the educational program. [See BQ series]
  5. Each year, with the assistance of the Schoolwide Committee, develop, review, and revise the campus improvement plan. [See BQ series]
  6. Keep Superintendent fully informed with respect to conditions and needs of the School.
  7. Communicate with faculty, students, and parents to disseminate School information, coordinate team efforts for instruction, and promote positive staff and community relations.
  8. Observe classroom performance of teachers, evaluate the effectiveness of staff performance, and plan staff development activities for improvement in accordance with district and state requirements, and in cooperation with staff development personnel.
  9. Maintain adequate and accurate documentation upon which recommendations for contract decisions are based.
  10. Supervise and evaluate the performance of Assistant Principal(s), Residential Director(s), teacher aides, instructional support staff, and clerical staff (or may provide for supervision and evaluation of some staff by an assistant principal).
  11. Recommend to the Superintendent the termination, suspension, or nonrenewal of an employee assigned to the program.
  12. Keep informed of, and complies with, all public education regulations and policies of the School, state, and campus concerning curriculum, student management, and personnel.
  13. Provide for proper supervision and discipline of students in all curricular and extracurricular activities.
  14. Plan for budgetary needs and manage budgets in assigned areas.
  15. Provide reports and information requested to the Board and Superintendent.
  16. Assume administrative responsibility and instructional leadership, under the supervision of the Superintendent, for the discipline and behavior management program.
  17. Provide for assessment, psychological services, and/or counseling and guidance services as appropriate.
  18. Provide attendance data to Superintendent, as required.


  1. (For high school principal only) Serve, or appoint someone to serve, as deputy voter registrar for Travis county where the School is located. Election Code 13.046

Education Code 11.202(b),.253(c), (h), 31.103(a) [See also DMA]

Principal’s Report to Superintendent

A Principal must notify the Superintendent not later than the seventh business day after the date:

  1. Of an educator’s termination of employment or resignation following an alleged incident of misconduct under Education Code 26.001(b); or
  2. The Principal knew about an educator’s criminal record under Education Code 21.006(b)(1).

Education Code 21.006(b-2); 19 TAC 249.14(e) [See Required Reports at DHB]

Sanctions and Administrative Penalty

SBEC determines whether to impose sanctions, including an administrative penalty, against a Principal who fails to provide notification to the Superintendent. Education Code 21.006 (f); 19 TAC 249.14(e),(h)

If the Principal is required to notify a Superintendent about an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct and fails to provide the notice by the required date, SBEC may impose an administrative penalty of not less than $500 and not more than $10,000.  SBEC may not renew the certification of an educator against whom an administrative penalty is imposed until the penalty is paid. Education Code 21.006 (j)

Criminal Offense

A Principal required to notify the Superintendent about an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct commits a state jail felony if the Principal fails to provide the notice by the required date with the intent to conceal an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct. Education Code 21.006(b-2)

See Education Code 11.202(b), 11.253(c)(h), 31.103(a) [See also DMA]

Adopted:         1/11/80

Amended:       3/13/81, 7/12/85, 9/22/89, 1/25/91, 8/26/94, 1/26/96, 5/21/98, 5/25/00, 5/25/04, 1/25/19



State Board for Educator Certification requirements regarding assignment of certified employees apply to substitute teachers.  If TSBVI must employ a substitute teacher who is not certified, a list of the substitute teachers shall be retained in TSBVI’s files.  19 TAC 231.1(e)


If TSBVI assigns an inappropriately certified or uncertified teacher (as defined in DBA) to the same classroom for more than 30 consecutive instructional days during the same school year, it shall provide written notice of the assignment to the parents, or guardians, of students in that classroom.

The Superintendent shall provide the notice not later than the 30th instructional day after the date of the assignment of the inappropriately certified, or uncertified teacher.  TSBVI shall make a good-faith effort to ensure that the notice is provided in a bilingual form to any parent, or guardian, whose primary language is not English.  TSBVI shall retain a copy of the notice and make information related to teacher certification available to the public on request.  [See also DBA(Legal)

Education Code 21.057


TSBVI shall obtain all criminal history record information that relates to a substitute teacher for the School or shared services arrangement through the Department of Public Safety’s criminal history clearinghouse.  [See DBAA]   Education Code 22.0836


Adopted: 3/7/80

Amended: 11/13/81, 3/12/82, 9/27/90, 1/25/91, 3/22/91, 8/26/94, 1/26/96, 5/25/00, 3/21/03, 1/26/18