As you think about your to-do list for the beginning of next school year, please ensure your employees—all of them, whether administrators, teachers or support staff—are furnished with any and all employment-related materials when they report for duty. This should include policies, handbooks, manuals and the like. It may sound obvious, but sometimes the most basic things can get overlooked as more pressing matters are being dealt with each August. It’s easy to remember this as it applies to your students and parents, but with respect to employees, it might be pushed back as an “I’ll get to it later” task.
Why is this important? From a practical standpoint, you want everybody on the same page as to your expectations for the school environment. Things run much more smoothly when procedures, rights and responsibilities are clearly set forth to all employees up front. From a legal standpoint, in the event anything goes wrong, or in the event of a need to discipline or terminate someone’s employment, it is critical that the district be protected. A key element of that is the ability to show that the employee knew the proper protocols.