4222 BP- Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals

Board Policy No. 4222
Policy Adopted:  September 16, 2004


The Governing Board recognizes that paraprofessionals support student learning by providing valuable assistance to teachers and other certificated personnel and enabling greater individualized instruction and supervision of students.  Such employees may perform instructional and/or administrative tasks in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 4200 – Classified Personnel}

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that paraprofessionals possess the qualifications required by law for their positions.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 USC 6319) requires districts receiving Title I funds to ensure that paraprofessionals working in a program supported by Title I funds (which includes entire schools with Title I schoolwide programs) meet specified educational requirements and/or successfully complete a proficiency assessment.

Paraprofessionals shall be under the immediate supervision and direction of certificated personnel.

In determining the assignment of paraprofessionals, the Superintendent or designee shall consider the greatest benefit to students based on such factors as class size, grade levels, student needs, subject matter and teacher workload.

Each paraprofessional shall be provided with a clear definition of his/her roles and responsibilities.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all paraprofessionals receive ongoing support and regular performance assessments. Teacher shall receive training in how to collaborate effectively with an assistant and are expected to assign duties consistent with written job descriptions for paraprofessionals.

The Board encourages qualified paraprofessionals to pursue opportunities that lead to attainment of a teaching credential and enable them to increase their skills and experience in the classroom.

Legal Reference:
44390-44393 California School Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program
44833 Postsecondary students as nonteaching aides
33835 Duties of nonteaching work study aides
45330 Paraprofessionals
45340-45349 Instructional Aides
45350-45354 Teacher Assistants
45360-45367 Teacher Aides
54480-54486 Special Teacher Employment Programs
12065-12070 Teacher aides for Special Teacher Employment Programs
6311 State plans
6314 Schoolwide programs
6315 Targeted assistance schools
6318 Parent involvement
6319 Qualifications for teachers and paraprofessionals


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