Here, in a “Q & A” format, is an abridged version of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA or contract) with the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD). The contract is a very important document. It is important that you become familiar with it. However, because it is not easily read, and, as a new teacher, you have many other pressing concerns, we have selected what we feel are the most important parts for you to know. For more detailed or specific understanding, you will have to go directly to the source. An “e-copy” of the contract is available on the SMUHSD website.
While we are providing you with information to empower you with respect to your rights as an employee, remember that your goal is to develop a positive professional relationship with fellow members and with your administrators. In all aspects of the contract, asserting your rights should not take the form of insubordination. Please also refer to your CTA Member Benefits Handbook.
a) 35 students in a regular education class, 28 @ Peninsula HS
b) 45 students in a PE class, 30 @ Peninsula HS
c) 48 students in an instrumental or vocal music class
1. Coverage of another class
An administrator may direct you to use your prep to cover a class only if
a. it is an emergency or unforeseen event and
b. no one else has volunteered. As a practical matter, administrative staff should be utilized when available.
2. Prep period faculty meetings called by the administration
Administrators may sometimes hold prep period meetings. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND. However, the administration can require you to attend an after school meeting. So, it is your choice.
3. Attendance at an IEP meeting
An IEP is an Individual Education Plan for special education students. You may be required to attend an IEP meeting. However, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND during your prep period.
4. Some kind of committee/planning or work on some school wide effort
Again, you DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND during your prep period.
SMUHSD Teachers Association