DUTY-FREE TIME/LUNCH FOR TEACHERS.

View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 238 (Public) Filed Monday, March 16, 2015
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT ALL TEACHERS HAVE DUTY-FREE INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING TIME AND DUTY-FREE LUNCH.
Intro. by Elmore, Holloway.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate Action) (Apr 29 2015)
H 238

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 28 2015 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Amends GS 115C-301.1 to require that all full-time assigned classroom teachers have a duty-free instructional planning time and duty-free lunch time during regular student contact hours (was, daily duty-free instructional time). Provides that every teacher is to have duty-free lunch time in accordance with GS 115C-105.27 (regarding the development of school improvement plans), which requires that strategies for improving student performance must include a duty-free lunch period for every teacher on a daily basis or as otherwise approved by the school improvement team.

    Requires the school improvement plan to provide a duty-free lunch on a daily basis or a plan with the goal of providing at least seventy-five minutes per week.

    Makes technical changes to punctuation.


  • Summary date: Mar 16 2015 - More information

    Current law provides that all full-time assigned classroom teachers (classroom teachers) have duty-free instructional time during the regular school day when students are at school. Amends GS 115C-301.1 to specify that all classroom teachers be provided "daily" duty-free instructional time during regular student contact hours. Makes an exception to the provision of daily duty-free instructional time in emergency situations that require the immediate and temporary suspension of the planning time as the only reasonable means of protecting the safety of the students. Also provides that teachers are to have a duty-free lunch to the maximum extent that the safety and proper supervision of the students may allow during regular student contact hours. Prohibits principals from requiring a teacher to give up his or her duty-free lunch or duty-free instructional time on an ongoing, regular basis without the teacher's consent. Deletes provisions regarding any funds from the General Assembly for providing duty-free instructional planning time.

    Makes conforming and technical changes to GS 115C-105.27(b) regarding the school improvement plan to improve student performance. Requires that the school improvement plan include a plan to provide at least five hours of duty-free planning time per week for every teacher and a plan to provide a duty-free lunch period on a daily basis.

    Applies beginning with the 2015-16 school year.


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