The campus principal/department head shall be responsible for the assignment and reassignment of all personnel to the specific grade, subject areas, or position for which the employee is qualified in his or her area of certification within the campus or department. Changes in assignments for the ensuing school year shall be made known to the employee as soon as possible, but not later that the last teacher contract day of the current school year. [SAISD Board Policy]

Planning & Prep Time –DL (Legal)

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) [SAISD Board Policy]

Duty-Free Lunch – DL (Legal)

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) [SAISD Board Policy]

Interruptions – EC (Legal)

The Board shall limit interruptions of classes during the school day for nonacademic activities such as announcements and sales promotions. Announcements shall be made no more than once during the school day, except for emergency announcements. (Education Code 25.083) [SAISD Board Policy]

Paperwork Reduction – DLB (Legal)

The Board shall limit redundant requests for information and the number and length of written reports that a classroom teacher is required to prepare. [SAISD Board Policy] (Review Paperwork Description/Justifications (Print Paperwork Justification Letter))

Lesson Plans –DLB (Legal)

Written lesson plans are only required to outline 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. “Brief” is defined as short in extent and length. “General” is defined as including main elements rather than details. (Education Code 11.164) [SAISD Board Policy]

Further guidance can be found in this letter from Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro and in this matrix for preparing lesson plans.

Safe Schools Act (Texas AFT Link) 

SAISD Leave Policy