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BP 4112.2 - CERTIFICATION

Certificated Personnel > Board Policy 4112.2 - Certification

Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Evergreen School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that the district's ability to provide a high-quality educational program is dependent upon the employment of certificated staff who are adequately prepared and have demonstrated proficiency in basic skills and in the subject matter to be taught. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that persons employed in positions requiring certification qualifications possess the appropriate credential or permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and fulfill any additional state, federal, or district requirements authorizing their employment in such positions.

All teachers of core academic subjects shall meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. (20 USC 6319, 7801; 5 CCR 6100-6125)


Priorities for Hiring Based on Unavailability of Credentialed Teacher

The Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit a fully prepared teacher who is authorized in the subject or setting for each assignment or, when necessary, a fully prepared teacher serving on a local assignment option. When a credentialed teacher or intern is not available, the district may request that the CTC issue a short-term staff permit, provisional internship permit (PIP), visiting faculty permit, emergency permit, or credential waiver under the conditions and limitations provided in state or federal law. Whenever a teacher with a clear or preliminary credential is not available, the Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit an individual for the assignment in the following order: (Education Code 44225.7)

  1. A candidate who enrolls in an approved intern program in the region of the district and possesses an intern credential

  2. A candidate who is scheduled to complete preliminary credential requirements within six months and who is granted a provisional internship permit (PIP) or short-term staff permit issued by the CTC

    When requesting a PIP, the Board shall approve, as an action item at a public Board meeting, a notice of intent to employ the applicant in the identified position. (5 CCR 80021.1)

  3. An individual who has been granted a credential waiver by the CTC

    Prior to requesting that the CTC issue an emergency permit or a limited assignment permit, the Board shall annually approve a Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators. The Declaration of Need shall be approved by the Board as an action item at a regularly scheduled open Board meeting, with the entire Declaration of Need being included in the Board agenda. (Education Code 44225, 44225.7; 5 CCR 80023.2, 80026, 80027, 80027.1)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide support and guidance to noncredentialed teachers in accordance with law to ensure the quality of the instructional program. He/she also may provide assistance and support to staff holding preliminary credentials to help them meet the qualifications required for the professional clear credential.


Responsibility for Renewal

All certificated personnel are personally responsible for the renewing of their credentials and for keeping them valid.


Oaths

Every applicant shall, prior to the first day of employment, state under oath whether he/she is a member of the Communist Party. He/she shall not become an employee.

Any certificated employee who is not a citizen of the United States shall file, prior to the first day of service, an oath to support the institutions and policies of the United States during the period of his/her sojourn within the State.

At the beginning of each school year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of each student attending a school receiving Title I funds that they may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teacher including, but not limited to, whether the teacher: (20 USC 6312)

  1. Has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction

  2. Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived

  3. Is teaching in the field of discipline of the teacher's certification


(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians in a timely manner whenever their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area to which the teacher has been assigned. (20 USC 6312)

 

Adopted: March 21, 2013
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California