7C. Elementary Schools
1. Teacher Assignments
a. Early in the spring, time should be devoted at a faculty conference
to a discussion of the procedures to be used in making assignments for
the coming year. Plans, goals and personnel needs for special programs
should also be discussed.
b. At that time, teachers should be given an opportunity to fill out
“preference sheets” indicating three preferences in order of priority
of grade level and type of class on that level or, in the case of
special education teachers, the age range of special education classes
and education program designation (e.g. staffing ratio, collaborative
team teaching, SETSS, etc.) with the understanding that, where
advisable and possible, such preferences will be honored. Teachers
should be given an opportunity to discuss their assignment requests
with their principal.
c. Effective for the Spring 2006 semester and subsequent school years,
teachers in schools with eight period days shall indicate their
professional activity preferences pursuant to Article 7C4g
(Professional Activity Options) and Article 7U (Professional Activity
d. With regard to requests as to grade level or special assignment
(such as IGC), or, in the case of special education teachers, requests
as to age range of special education classes, teachers with the highest
seniority in the school should be given preference if qualifications
for the position are the same.
e. Effective May, 2002, grievances hereunder may be lodged if:
(1) In any year an elementary school teacher fails to be granted one of
his/her stated program preferences; or
(2) For two years in succession the elementary school teacher has been
denied his/her first priority of program preference.
Any assignment that is grievable shall be reviewed in accordance with
the standards applicable to Articles 7C1b and c.
4. Special Procedures for Grievances Arising out of School
Where the grievance arises out of school reorganization and involves
class size, teacher programs or assignments and is not covered by
paragraphs 5 or 6 below, the time limits prescribed in B1 above shall
be modified in these respects:
a. The grievance must be presented within two school days after the
employee has knowledge of the act or condition which is the basis of
the complaint, except that conformity to class size limits shall not be
the subject of grievance during the first ten school days of each term.
b. The head of the school shall communicate his/her decision within two
school days after receiving the complaint.
c. The grievance must be appealed by the Union to the Chancellor (Step
2) within five school days after the decision at Step 1 has been
d. The Chancellor shall communicate his/her decision within ten school
days after receipt of the appeal.
e. If the grievance is not resolved at Step 2, it may be appealed to
arbitration by the Union within 15 school days and the parties shall
arrange for the prompt hearing and resolution of the grievance at