Contracts and Hours
Start date is September 1 of each year. All contracts that have been signed and met the requirements (First Aid, Police Check, Google User test) are effective this date. Most contracts end August 31 unless otherwise indicated on the contract. Contracts are for a one year period and are not automatically renewed. As a private school, we are subject to student numbers and other considerations. The hours we are open to students and their families are Tuesday to Friday—9 AM-4 PM. See the Year Calendar . Your minimum hours are defined in your contract.
Staff Forms and Documents
Staff PD Workshops
- Most workshops offered at Phoenix are free for staff with exception of first aid or mental health first aid. For other PD opportunities, please get admin approval first.
Staff meeting attendance is required and participation is expected. Each meeting will follow an agenda and each member will each be asked to contribute throughout the year at different times. Meeting time is included in salary or paid at $20.00 an hour for hourly staff. These are also highlighted in your contract.
2016-2017 Staff Meeting dates:
- September 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- November 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm—2 hours
- January 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2 hours
- March 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2 hours
- May 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2 hours
- June 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2 hours
Instructor Meetings— This meeting is for Instructors at Phoenix. The purpose is to share any problems, changes or concerns. Please come prepared to discuss issues and requirements such as FIRE DRILLS, Hand-washing, attendance, disciplinary actions, instructional binder, what makes a good class, cleaning up, dealing with parents, supplies and resources. Meeting time is included in salary or paid at $20.00 an hour for hourly staff. These are also highlighted in your contract.
2016-2017 Instructor Meeting dates:
- September 6, 2016 at 2:30 PM – 1.5 hours
- October 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM – 1.5 hours
- January 10 2017 at 2:30 PM – 1.5 hours
- March 7, 2017 at 2:30 PM – 1.5 hours
- May 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM – 1.5 hours
Learning Coach Meetings— Coaches, these meetings are to remind you of upcoming priorities, share challenges and strategies for dealing with families. Mark your calendar! They are all on Friday! Meeting time is included in salary.
2016-2017 Learning Coach Meeting dates:
- September 1, 2016 at 11:00 am – 1.5 hours
- November 18, 2016 at 11:00 am—1.5 hours
- January 27, 2017 at 11:00 am —1.5 hours
- March 24, 2017 at 11:00 am —1.5 hours
- May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am —1.5 hours
- June 30, 2017 at 11:00 am —1.5 hours
Admin Meetings – For admin and support folks – weekly on Tuesdays (Usually unless there is something special going on!) Meeting time is included in salary.
Staff growth plan is due by September 30. This is required by regulation for certificated teachers but we ask all staff to complete this activity so that you understand how your job fits into the goals for the school and province. Template can be downloaded here – 2015-16 Growth Plan.
First Aid / Police Check / Google Suite Usage
These are requirements of employment at Phoenix. Please make sure you have these!
Celebrations for the Year
All salaried staff are expected to attend a minimum of THREE of these dates. You eat for free but any staff children must pay regular rate. Children must be registered for events.
2016-2017 Pick two:
- 2016-2017 Year End Ceremony—June 23-1:30—4:00 PM – ALL
PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR YEAR ACCORDINGLY! Salaried staff have one optional week this year.
2016-2017 Holiday Schedule
- October 18– October 21—FALL BREAK (1 week)
- December 20—December 30—WINTER BREAK (2 weeks)
- February 28—March 3 —MENTAL HEALTH BREAK (1 week)
- April 25—April 28—SPRING BREAK (1 week)
- July 4 – July 14—SUMMER 1 BREAK (2 week)
- August 1- August 11 —SUMMER 2 BREAK (2 weeks)
Staff Code of Conduct
A code of professional conduct is a necessary component to any profession to maintain standards for the individuals within that profession to adhere. It brings about accountability, responsibility and trust to the individuals that the profession serves.
PRINCIPLE 1 – Confidentiality and Privacy
- Please share your information appropriately (staff, students, parents, etc.)
- Confidentiality is something that people are entitled to and should receive when providing personal info (in all things)
- Safety/ security of CUM files/ records (locked – CUM, working files for teachers only)
PRINCIPLE 2 – Respect for Work Relationships
- We need to treat each other with dignity, respect and consideration
- Parents and staff need to go directly to the source (teacher, instructor, admin., etc. when there is a complaint, NOT to others (gossip)
- Be kind/ encouraging to one another – mood of office – positive morale
- Tidiness of work areas when you leave
- Keeping individual private conversations as such – be aware of when you should be talking to someone in private as opposed to in front of others
- Trust/ integrity – positive feedback, encouragement
- Be aware of stress levels. Don’t take things out on others if you are stressed!
- Make sure everyone is made aware of things that are important. Good communication – so no one looks silly!
PRINCIPLE 3 – Respect for Boundaries
- Keeping in mind individual roles and expertise – don’t overstep boundaries by telling others how to do their job, especially when it is not in your area of expertise.
- Respect for others time/ space
- Too many interruptions – parents/ others drop in just to “chat”
- Emails – Watch format and make sure content is professional
- Please refrain from making calls to staff at their homes unless it is an emergency and is something that can’t wait!
PRINCIPLE 4 – Respect for Laws
- Must comply with legal and government requirements—Must adhere to FOIP
PRINCIPLE 5 – Respect for Individuality (without compromising who we are!)
- Be understanding of sexual/ racial differences
- Celebrating holidays
We feel there are three key aspects to staff supervision. They are growth, supervision and evaluation.
Growth – means a career-long learning process whereby staff annually develops and implements a plan to achieve professional learning objectives or goals that are consistent with personal assessment of learning needs, the school’s expectations and the Teaching Quality Standard. All staff employed by Phoenix must complete an annual growth plan. The plan is reviewed with staff in NOVEMBER and JUNE.
Supervision – Supervision is an ongoing process by which the principal or administrator provides support and guidance to staff. It involves observing and receiving information from a variety of sources about the quality of work undertaken by the staff member. When the principal or administrator has reason to believe that a staff member’s behavior, knowledge or skills may not meet standard, they will work with the member directly, through supervision, to provide assistance to change behaviors or practices.
Evaluation – Evaluation is the formal process of gathering information over a the school year to determine whether a staff members meets expectations related to employment or practice. At Phoenix is id done in June / July and may be combined with a review of the growth plan. When an evaluation determines that expectations are not being met, it may be appropriate to offer a period of remediation or change of tasks and duties or recommend the termination of employment.
Everyone has a contract! Your contract commences September 1 and run until either June 30 or August 31. It must be reviewed and signed each year. Your contract will specify the number of hours you are paid for, the rate and the specific requirements of your job. This is a legally binding document. Make sure you agree with it! Contracts are for a one year period and are not automatically renewed. As a private school, we are subject to student numbers and other considerations.
We reviewed the basic contract terms as a group at our annual full day meeting in Sept. This is important. We need to have a consensus on what each section means so that one person takes advantage of the group or jeopardizes everyone else’s job security.
Instructors are paid hourly for classes they teach. They are paid for instruction time, some prep, and clean up time. A time sheet must be kept (punch in, punch out!) and each event recorded.
What to do in case of a Pandemic!
In the event of an emergency including an influenza pandemic, the Phoenix Education Foundation will have an important role to play in protecting the health and safety of their students and staff. Pandemics evolve quickly and require a co-coordinated and timely response.
Our priorities are to:
- The protection of students and staff.
- Continuation of essential school business operations based.
- Preparation for the orderly closure of school operations (in the event this is required) and eventual school reopening.
MINIMIZING ILLNESS AMONG STAFF
Primary strategies which will be used in order to minimize illness among staff include:
- Restrict workplace entry of people with influenza symptoms.
- Promote good personal hygiene practices and workplace cleaning practices.
- Enable work from home strategies.
- Assist staff who become ill at work by sending them home.
- Provide flexible work sites and work hours to minimize face to face contact.
MINIMIZING ILLNESS AMONG STUDENTS
Primary strategies which will be used in order to minimize illness among students include:
- Restrict school entry of people with influenza symptoms.
- Promote good personal hygiene practices and school/ home cleaning practices.
- Close the school and enable study from home strategies.
- Assist students who become ill at school by sending them home.
- Provide flexible study sites and hours to minimize face to face contact.
CONTINUING BUSINESS BETWEEN STAFF AND STUDENTS
Our students’ primary study location is the home with class / resource supplementation from the school, our primary strategies which will be used in order to continue business between staff and students include:
- Use of the Yahoo Group, Face book, website and google for information and class cancellation.
- Use of remote services for access to the school databases, website and other technical services.
- Use of remote email and google hang-out services for parent-student contact.
- Use of telephone services and internet to insure the continuance of the students’ educational plans.