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Time Equivalency Explanation

BRYAN ISD Professional Development TIME EQUIVALENCY DAYS Explanation 

For all professionals and para-professionals that are NOT on a 226 calendar Bryan ISD will provide positive educational experiences that ensure high school graduation and post-secondary success. 

Bryan ISD employees will be responsible for obtaining three full days* of professional development on their own time (on weekends, after school, during the summer) and in exchange, Bryan ISD will offer employees three predetermined days off during the school year. 

However, if any employee does not obtain these three full days on his/her own time, the employee will not be able to take a Time Equivalency Day and must therefore attend a Bryan ISD sponsored in-service on that designated day. 

In other words, for every one full day of approved in-service that an employee earns on his or her own time, that employee will be exempt from attending work on a set Time Equivalency Day. 

However, if the employee does not have the required amount of approved in-service time, the employee will be required to attend a Bryan ISD sponsored in-service on the district-wide Time Equivalency Day. In exchange for attending three full days of professional development on the employee’s own time, the employee will receive a holiday on the predetermined Bryan ISD Time Equivalency Day, which will occur at three different times during the school year. 

Para-professionals must accumulate clock hours that equal the regular work day at all trainings.  A time clock will be available at all para-professional trainings and must be used to record hours. Para-professionals are responsible for ensuring that sixteen hours are available in time clock under accrual information for the November TE Days and eight hours are available in time clock under accrual information for the February TE Day. 

Bryan ISD will offer many opportunities for employees to receive the required three full days of professional development throughout the summer, on weekends, and after work during the school year. An employee may also, during his non-duty time, attend professional development offered by other approved institutions.  Texas Education Agency provides an approved provider list.  Refer to website:  TEA Approved PD Providers.

Regardless of which professional development opportunities the employee chooses to attend, he/she must obtain prior written approval from the building principal. The principal has the sole discretion to either: (1) approve with payment from the school; (2) approve but require the employee to pay; or (3) not approve. There will be no charge for Bryan ISD offered professional development. Courses eligible for credit can be found in Eduphoria Workshop beginning April, 15, 2015. 

Prior written approval from the building principal for all professional development trainings used for the exchange is required. The three full days required for time equivalency days can be applied to the total professional development hours required per year for the employee’s evaluation. 

If, however, employees are compensated for any of these three full days of professional development hours, they may not be used for exchange, but they can still count for part of the hours required for their annual appraisal. In order to fulfill the required hours to exchange for BISD district calendar staff development days, the schedule below should be followed: 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TIME EQUIVALENCY: 

All Staff Development Time Equivalency days need to be completed by August 19, 2015. 

One full day* (Total of three full days for the school year) 
November 23, 2015 
Need days by: August 19, 2015 (Must submit to principal for written approval by May 22, 2015) 

One full day* (Total of three full days for the school year) 
November 24, 2015 
Need days by: August 19, 2015 (Must submit to principal for written approval by May 22, 2015) 

One full day* (Total of three full days for the school year) 
February 15, 2016 
Need days by: August 19, 2015 (Must submit to principal for written approval by May 22, 2015) 

Failure to complete the required number of days by the specified date (the “need days by”) will require employees to attend district staff development on the scheduled professional development day in lieu of the exchange. This staff development will be required for all those who did not meet the requirements by the designated time. Teachers may begin to accrue staff development hours for the 2015-16 school year on June 6, 2015. (Note: These timelines are set by the district, but monitored by each campus principal.) 

Failure to obtain the required professional development hours may result in poor employee evaluations in the relevant domains and may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination or nonrenewal of employment. 

*One full day = six to eight hours 
A half day session = three to four hours (Note: Two half day sessions would have to be obtained to equal one full day of professional development.)