Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 5231 - LENGTH OF WORK DAY

Administrators are Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt and do not have regularly set, predetermined work hours.  Administrators are expected to report to work during the established public hours of the site(s) to which the administrator is assigned and consistent with all district expectations and directives.  Administrators are expected to work before and after established pubic hours of the assigned site(s) to accomplish job duties.

Certificated Staff
Regular building hours for teachers and other certificated, non-administrative staff will shall be one-half hour before school starts to one-half hour after school ends, unless otherwise negotiated, including a 30-minute, duty-free lunch period.  Individual schools may request a Board waiver from these district-wide provisions consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements.  The starting and dismissal times, which may vary from school to school, shall be determined by the district.

Fulfilling professional responsibilities will often require that teachers spend time outside of building hours.  Such professional responsibilities include:

A.   Preparing for instruction of classes and planning lessons;

B.   Consulting with students, grading assignments and completing paperwork;

C.   Improving communication with parents including but not limited to, initiating contact with parents before or after building hours;

D.   Participating on curriculum development committees leading towards the improvement of the educational program;

E.   Attending staff meetings including attending necessary professional development, provided by the district, to improve and maintain teaching skills;

F.    Supervising and directing co-curricular activities not specifically included in the district’s co-curricular program; and

G.   Participating in such other activities that pertain to the district’s educational program.

Unless otherwise specified, the workday for certificated staff assigned to the district administrative center and all classified staff shall be 8 hours per day exclusive of the lunch period.

Classified Staff
A classified hourly staff member shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times the salary schedule rate when he/she works for more than 40 hours during the regular work- week or consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements.  The regular workday shall include one 15 minute break for each four consecutive hours of work.  A lunch period of not more than one hour shall be scheduled but shall not be counted for pay purposes.  The district shall be responsible for establishing the work day schedule for each classified staff member.

In the event a supervisor requests that a staff member work beyond the specified working hours and thus exceeds the 40 hours during the established workweek, the district may grant, at the staff member’s request, compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay, consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements.  A staff member may accumulate up to 240 hours of compensatory time.  When the staff member reaches the 240-hour limit compensatory time will cease to accrue and the staff member must either take compensatory time off or receive pay for such excess hours.

Custodial/maintenance and office staff shall report for work when schools are closed for bad weather when required by the superintendent or designee.

Cross Reference:
Employment: Disclosures, Certification Requirements, Assurances and Approval - Policy 5005
Substitute Employment -  Policy 5610

Legal Reference:
Fair Labor Standards Act - 29 U.S.C.  §§ 201-218
Minimum rate of compensation for employment in excess of forty hour work week—Exceptions - RCW 49.46.130
Chapter establishes minimum standards and is supplementary to other laws—more favorable standards unaffected - RCW 49.46.120
Assistance for teacher may be required after evaluation - RCW 28A.405.140
Presence of certificated personnel at schools before and after school Teachers’ responsibilities - RCW 28A.405.466  
Regular rate of pay - WAC 296-128-550
Compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay - WAC 296-128-560 

Management Resources:
Policy and Legal News - October 2015

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 2000
Revised by the Board: 3.04, 1.16
Classification: Priority