5231 Length of Work Day

  • Administrators

    Administrators are Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt and do not have regularly set, pre-determined work hours.  Administrators are expected to report to work during the established public hours of the site(s) to which the administrator is assigned and consistent with all district expectations and directives.  Administrators are expected to work before and after established public hours of the assigned site(s) to accomplish job duties.

    Certificated Staff

    Regular building hours for teachers and other certificated, non-administrative staff will be one-half hour before school starts to one-half hour after school ends, unless otherwise negotiated, including a 30-minute duty-free lunch period. Individual schools may request a board waiver from these district-wide provisions consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements. The starting and dismissal times for teachers and students, which may vary from school to school, will be determined by the district.

    Fulfilling professional responsibilities will often require that teachers spend time outside of building hours. Such professional responsibilities include: 

    1. Preparing for instruction of classes, planning lessons;

    2. Consulting with students, grading assignments, completing paperwork;

    3. Improving communication with parents including but not limited to, initiating contact with parents before or after school hours;

    4. Participating in curriculum development committees leading toward the improvement of the educational program;

    5. Attending staff meetings including attending necessary professional development, provided by the district, to improve and maintain teaching skills;

    6. Supervising and directing co-curricular activities not specifically included in the district's co‑curricular program; and

    7. Participating in such other activities that pertain to the district's educational program.

    Classified Staff

    A classified hourly staff member shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half times the salary schedule rate when they work for more than 40 hours during the regular work week or consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements. The regular work-day will include one 15 minute break for each four hours of work. A lunch period of not to exceed one hour will be scheduled but will not be counted for pay purposes. The district will be responsible for establishing the work day schedule for each classified staff member.

    In the event a supervisor requests that a staff member work beyond the specified working hours and thus exceeds the 40 hours during the established work week, the district may grant, at the staff member's request, compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay consistent with applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements. A staff member may accumulate up to 240 hours of compensatory time. When the staff member reaches the 240-hour limit, compensatory time will cease to accrue and the staff member must either take compensating time off or receive pay for such excess hours.

    Custodial/maintenance and office staff will report for work when schools are closed for bad weather when required by the superintendent/designee.

    Legal References:  
    29 USC § 201 et seq.     Fair Labor Standards Act
    RCW 28A.405.140           Assistance for teacher may be required after evaluation
    RCW 28A.405.466           Presence of certificated personnel at school before and after school – Policy
    RCW 49.46.120               Chapter establishes minimum standards and is supplementary to other laws – more favorable standards unaffected
    RCW 49.46.130               Minimum rate of compensation for employment in excess of forty hour work week – Exceptions
    WAC 296-128-550          Regular rate of pay
    WAC 296-128-560          Compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay

    Management Resources:  
    Policy & Legal News         June 2006; Oct. 2015

    ADOPTED: 11/24/1992
    REVISED: 9/24/98; 9/28/06; 8/28/08; 9/27/12; 12/17/15

    Procedure No. 5231P Length of Work Day

    Overtime and/or Compensatory Time for Eligible Staff

    To comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the laws and rules of the State of Washington, the following procedures shall be established:

    1. Exempt or non-exempt status: All certificated staff are exempt from the 40-hour work week. The district will determine the status of classified employees based upon the criteria established for defining administrative (WAC 296-128-520) or professional (WAC 296-128-530) status and any additional FLSA standards.

    2. Work week: Seven consecutive 24-hour periods make up the work week. Staff members are entitled to 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week if the overtime pay option is chosen. A staff member may plan, in conjunction with their supervisor, to take compensatory "time off" (straight time) in lieu of overtime pay so long as the staff member’s assigned responsibilities are adequately covered during the planned absence. Compensatory "time off" will accumulate at the rate of 1-1/2 times the overtime hours worked.  The staff member may accumulate up to 240 hours of compensatory time at which time the staff member must either take compensatory "time off" or receive pay for such excess hours. Staff members will not perform any work during assigned lunch periods or before or after their normal work schedule regardless of the voluntary nature of the work. Staff members who violate this regulation may be subject to disciplinary action.

    3. Travel time: Travel time to a meeting is compensatory if done in a private vehicle and when it is required by the district.

    4. Meal periods: Staff members will not perform any duties during the employee’s meal period.

    5. Non-working time: Time between shifts will be free of responsibilities or obligations. Standby time can be negotiated but must be at the rate of the minimum wage or more.

    6. Records: Records must be kept for a minimum of three years. A staff member's signature should appear on the time slip or sheet, which shows the hours worked each day. U. S. Department of Labor posters must be posted at each site.

    ADOPTED: 09/24/1998
    REVISED:  12/17/15


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