5231 Length of Work Day

Administrators are Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt and do not have regularly set, pre-determined 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 public hours of the assigned site(s) to accomplish job duties.
Certificated Staff
Regular building hours for teachers and other certificated, non-administrative staff will 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 alter their day as stated in the Franklin Pierce Education Association (FPEA) bargaining agreement. The starting and dismissal times for students, which may vary from school to school, will 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 in curriculum development committees leading towards the improvement of the educational program;
E.   Attending staff meetings and 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.
Classified Staff
A classified hourly staff member will 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 work day will include one 15-minute break for each four hours of work. A lunch period of not to exceed one hour will be scheduled but will not be counted for pay purposes. The district will 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 his/her specified working hours and thus exceeds the 40 hours during the established work week, the district may grant, at the staff member's request, compensatory 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.
Work Days During Closures for Extreme Weather or Other Emergencies
In the event of extreme weather or other emergency that impairs safe and timely transportation and/or school operations, the district may be closed by order of the superintendent or designee. The superintendent or designee may require any personnel identified as essential to report for full or partial work days.  Any employees not required to report shall not be charged leave on closure days or suffer a loss of regular pay. Identified essential personnel who report to work shall be compensated at double time.
Legal References:  
29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.       Fair Labor Standards Act
RCW 28A.405.140    Assistance for teacher may be required after evaluation
RCW 28A.405.466    Presence of certificated personnel at school before and after school  —  Policy
RCW 49.46.120         Chapter establishes  minimum standards and is supplementary to other laws — More favorable standards  unaffected
 RCW 49.46.130        Minimum rate of compensation for employment in excess of forty hour work week — Exceptions
WAC 296-128-550    Regular rate of pay
WAC 296-128-560    Compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay
Adoption Date: 11/18/08
Franklin Pierce Schools
Revised: 11/13/12; 2/9/16; 11/12/19
Classification: Optional