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  • Effective: 5/24/1971
  • Revision: 12/14/2010
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that the primary responsibility of the total educational process is to provide services to individual students through individualization of programs based on the student's needs, interests and talents.   The Board also recognizes that it is the primary responsibility of the teacher to spend the greatest proportion of his/her time instructing students.  Part-time support personnel may be employed to assist teachers in the educational process.  The Board delegates to the Administration the responsibility to develop and administer a policy regarding part-time support personnel.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration will administer the policy in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Support personnel work under the direction and supervision of the principal, director, and/or teacher, as applicable.  The teacher has the primary responsibility to educate students, and therefore, should not delegate such responsibility to support personnel.
    2. Support personnel complete a variety of tasks and assignments as outlined in a specific job description and must be able to complete all essential functions listed in the description.  Some of these assignments may include secretarial, clerical, nutrition, custodial, or classroom instruction.
    3. Support personnel employed as classroom or instructional assistants may perform actual instructional tasks under the direction of a teacher.  Under no circumstances would they (1) diagnose educational needs, (2) prescribe action, or (3) evaluate the results of instruction.
    4. The local school administrator will be responsible for developing the staffing pattern of the individual department or grade level.  This will be done in the school in cooperation with the professional staff of these departments or grade levels.  Department directors will also determine staffing patterns based on their department needs and available funding.
    5. All support personnel are considered supplementary and are employed upon the recommendation of the principal with the approval of the Administration.
    6. Support personnel are temporary, non-contracted employees and are considered at-will.  That is, either the employee or Jordan School District may end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, or for no reason.  Support personnel are employed on a part-time basis only.  Support personnel do not accrue or earn District seniority and are not eligible for any District benefits or state retirement.
    7. If the principal or director determines that there are problems regarding staffing that he/she is unable to solve at the local level, he/she should communicate these problems to the Administrator of Human Resources or his/her designated representative.
    8. The Administrator of Human Resources will involve the respective Administrator of Schools in reviewing the problem and making a recommendation.
    9. Recommendations for the use of support personnel must be approved by the respective Administrators of Schools.
    10. The principal is responsible for ensuring that the support personnel are used in the roles for which they have been hired.
    11. It is the principal's or director’s responsibility to obtain optimum use of the support personnel through the development of an in-service training program for both professional educators and support personnel as well as providing adequate supervision.
    12. The teacher is responsible for using support personnel (within the framework of the job description) to provide the best possible program for the individual student.  Proper use of support personnel will provide the best possible program for the individual student. Proper use of support personnel will provide the professional educator more time to:
      1. Diagnose learning needs of students
      2. Prescribe educational programs for students in accordance with those needs
      3. Interpret and evaluate the results of instruction or testing
    13. The Administration, as they consider the employment of support personnel, will follow job descriptions as approved for individual positions.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 7/1/2023
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2015

  1. Board Directive
    Jordan District is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staffing schools and departments with the best fit and most qualified candidates available.  The Board, therefore, delegates to the District Administration responsibility for ensuring that staff selection, promotion and salary placement practices comply with state and federal laws, and that the selection, placement and supervision of employees are free from discrimination, favoritism, or other unethical practices.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration delegates to the Human Resource Department the responsibility for screening and selecting all education support professionals and shall protect the safety and interest of students by hiring only those individuals who are qualified according to state requirements and pass a background check.  All personnel who do not require state teacher or administrative/supervisory certification are designated as education support professionals.Staff selection and placement, promotion and salary placement for part-time and full-time education support professionals shall be accomplished through the use of the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Background Checks:  Individuals who are offered employment with the District shall be required to prove they are worthy to hold the trust required in a sensitive employment position through the following process:
      1. Each prospective employee shall agree to be fingerprinted and sign a waiver facilitating a criminal background check through the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification.
      2. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review each evaluation report received from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification to determine final eligibility for employment.
      3. No one shall be hired whose record shows a felony or misdemeanor conviction in an area which causes concern for the safety and well-being of students.
      4. Information disclosed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation shall not be released to any other agency or individual.
    2. Nepotism
      1. No one with supervisory responsibility shall hire or recommend for hire any “relative” as defined in Utah Code 52-3-1  “father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandson, granddaughter, first cousins, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.   Furthermore and in addition to Utah Code, any corresponding step or adoptive relative, or anyone residing on a permanent basis in an employee’s home will also be considered a “relative.”
      2. No employee shall be directly supervised or evaluated by a relative.  Family members as described in B.1 may not be employed under the same immediate supervisor, defined as the authorized evaluator for the employee, without Cabinet approval and Board notification.
      3. Employees hired prior to adoption of this policy are exempt from this guideline except when the proximity of relatives is found to be creating problems.
      4. The hiring of relatives is also prohibited if it results in a conflict of interest with vendors of the District.
      5. In the event of a lack of candidates, a need for specialized skills or unique circumstances, the restriction against hiring relatives may be waived in the best interest of the District upon recommendation of a review committee comprised of the Superintendent and appropriate administrator or director, and upon approval of the Board.
      6. When other qualified candidates have not applied, task assignments of short duration (generally less than sixty (60) working days) may be exempt from this policy.
    3. Selection and Placement of Entry Level Personnel
      1. All job applicants shall be required to complete an online employment application in its entirety.  Failure to complete any portion of the application may disqualify the applicant from employment consideration.
      2. Recruitment, screening and initial interviewing for job openings or positions shall be the responsibility of the Human Resources Department except for designated part-time positions such as sweepers, hourly education support professionals, etc.  Consideration of qualifications shall be determined by job description.
      3. Qualified candidates selected to interview for each opening or position shall be referred to the appropriate building or department administrator followed by a hiring recommendation to the Human Resources Department for final approval.
      4. Continued employment shall be contingent upon satisfactory service.
      5. New employees will be placed on the beginning step of the appropriate lane of the salary schedule unless it is determined that a higher initial step placement is necessary to attract and retain qualified employees in areas of critical District need.  Part-time employees will be placed on the appropriate level step when employed full time.  Employees who work full-time for two or more consecutive summers (a minimum of six months) will be granted one additional step on the salary schedule if hired full time thereafter.
      6. Former full-time District employees who are rehired may be granted full credit on the salary schedule for previous contract experience with the District. Former part-time District employees who are rehired may be granted full credit on the salary schedule for previous experience with the District.
      7. Employees who have retired and are then rehired will be placed up to Step 4 of the appropriate lane.
      8. Salary lane movement will be based upon the above guidelines and the date the employee was hired in the District.  Any person hired between July 1 and Dec. 31 will receive one full year’s experience the following July 1.  Anyone hired between Jan. 1 and June 30 will not receive experience credit for the first months of service up to July 1.
      9. The Administration may choose to promote existing education support professionals to any step and/or lane on the existing salary schedule to retain qualified employees.  The District Administration may make recommendations to the Superintendent for such promotions.
      10. Within its discretion, the Board of Education may augment any existing salary schedule for an existing employee by a specific percentage in order to retain qualified employees of the District.
    4. Job Reviews
      1. The Board of Education established an independent job review procedure through the Human Resource Department to assure the education support professionals job descriptions match the major duties and responsibilities actually assigned to each position by Job Family.
      2. The Board will review the job study results and is responsible to make fiscally responsible salary adjustments.
      3. If the job study reveals an employee is being overpaid in their position, the employee’s salary will be frozen until their current pay falls within their current pay lane.
      4. The Human Resource Department is responsible for revising job descriptions following each job study.
    5. Selection and Promotion of Non-Provisional Personnel
      1. Employees shall be notified of all full-time vacancies at least five (5) days prior to the application closing date.  Notification shall be made on the Human Resource Department website.
      2. Promotion or promote shall mean reassignment to a job which is located on a higher lane of the salary schedule than the lane from which the employee is currently paid or, at the discretion of the Board of Education, to a higher lane of the salary schedule for an employee who retains the same or similar job title and duties in order to retain qualified employees of the District.
      3. All employees may apply for promotion to a position which is posted as a vacancy.  Qualifications being equal, District employees will receive first consideration.  Provisional employees as described in DP314 – Provisional and Probationary Education Support Professionals, II.I. may not be considered for available openings.
      4. An employee who is promoted to a higher position shall be given a trial period of 30 days.  During this 30-day period, the promotion shall be nullified upon request by the District or the employee.  In such a case, the employee shall be returned to his/her former position or a comparable position when available.
      5. The Board of Education may choose to promote existing education support professionals to any step and/or lane on the existing salary schedule to retain qualified employees.  The District Administration may make recommendations to the Board for such promotions.
      6. Within its discretion, the Board of Education may augment any existing salary schedule for an existing employee by a specific percentage in order to retain qualified employees of the District.
      7. Probation reports and negative evaluations older than five (5) years with no repeat violation, as defined by DP 316B—Orderly Termination Procedures for Education Support Professionals, shall not be considered in employee eligibility for promotion or transfer.
    6. Temporary Assignments/Promotion
      On a short-term, temporary basis, it may be necessary for one education support professional to substitute for another education support professional who is assigned to a higher lane on the Education Support Professionals Master Salary Schedule.  Under such circumstances, many responsibilities normally required in the higher position are not required nor accomplished by those in temporary assignments.  While it is neither necessary nor realistic to give equal compensation for such short-term appointments, salary adjustments will be provided when a temporary assignment/promotion is necessitated by the extended illness, injury, or short term leave of an employee.   Beginning on the sixth consecutive working day of the temporary assignment, the promoted employee shall be paid on step two (2) of the higher lane or at $5 per day, whichever is higher.
    7. The District may not refuse to hire, promote, discharge, demote, or terminate an individual, or may not retaliate against, harass, or discriminate in matters of compensation or in terms, privileges, and conditions of employment against an individual otherwise qualified because the individual breastfeeds or expresses milk in the workplace.  Utah Code 34-49-204.
    8. Voluntary Transfers
      Any contract education support professional wishing to transfer laterally or move to a lower lane for which he/she is qualified within Jordan School District shall use the following procedure:

      1. The employee shall submit an online application for any position posted on the District website.
      2. Known vacancies will be posted on the District website for five (5) working days.
      3. The application will be made available to the hiring administrator for first consideration.  Immediate supervisors may not consider new candidates until those requesting a lateral transfer have been considered first.
      4. No employee who is on probation or other disciplinary sanction is eligible for a transfer.

Revision History: 12/13/83, 2/14/12, 8/25/15

  • Effective: 6/27/1969
  • Revision: 7/13/2010


  1. Board Policy
    It is the intent of the Board to comply with the Age Discrimination in Employment Amendments of 1986 (P.L. No. 99-592). An employee's age shall not be a factor in determining separation from employment.
  2. Administration Policy
    The District Administration shall administer this policy for employees who retire from the District under the provisions of the Utah State Retirement Act in accordance with the following guidelines:

    1.  Notification of intent to retire
      1. Employees who plan to retire are encouraged to provide appropriate notice to the Human Resources Department to facilitate an appropriate replacement for the position being vacated.
      2. Employees qualifying for the early retirement provisions of the Utah State Retirement Act (Reference: Section 6-2-28) should give appropriate notification to the District and are encouraged to retire at the end of the year covered by the current contract.
      3. A request for early retirement may be initiated by the employee or the Administration.
      4. The Administrator of Human Resources shall provide assistance to retiring District employees in making written application for retirement benefits to the retirement office.
    2. Sick and personal leave bonus
      Eligible employees will be paid for unused sick, personal leave days, and alternative leave days at the time of retirement based on 30 percent of the employee's contract salary according to the following guidelines:

      1. Daily rate at time of retirement is used for figuring value of unused sick leave.
      2. Total eligible sick days will be computed at the rate of one (1) day per basic contract month FROM the date of continuous employment in the District; i.e., 9 days per year for 9-month employees, 10 days per year for 10-month employees, 11 days per year for 11-month employees, and l2 days per year for 12-month employees.
      3. Sick days, including sick bank and family health days used, during the above period of time will be subtracted FROM the total possible accumulation. Emergency days used between July 1, 1993, and July 1, 1997, are also subtracted from the total accumulation.
      4. The maximum benefit is 180 days for 9-month employees, 200 days for 10-month employees, 220 days for 11-month employees, and 240 days for 12-month employees,
      5. Additional days will be added to this maximum benefit at the rate of two (2) days for each year that no more than one (1) day of sick leave was used, including days deducted for sick bank.
      6. Additional days will be added to this maximum benefit according to Policies DP370B NEG—Alternative Leave Day, Classified, and DP335B NEG—Personal Leave, Classified. Retirees with 25 years of service with the Utah Retirement System have the option of authorizing the District to use the sick leave bonus and $75 per year service award to purchase additional service credit for the employee through the State Retirement System. Salary used to purchase service credit does not appear as employee income. (See Senate Bill 34, passed by the State Legislature in 1995.)
        Note: This formula for retirement benefit has no relationship to the amount of available eligible sick leave days shown on the Time and Attendance Report or on the employee's check stub.
    3. Employees who qualify for retirement under the provisions of the Utah State Retirement System will be paid $75 for each year of service in Jordan School District at the time they retire.
    4. Insurance benefits for retirees
      1. Health and accident insurance
        1. The Board shall pay the premium for group health and life insurance benefits for retirees based on full-time equivalent years of service.
        2. Employees who work fewer than 4 hours per day are not eligible for insurance benefits.
        3. The duration of insurance benefits following retirement will be based on total years of full-time service in Jordan School District. Years of service will be calculated on full-time equivalents; e.g., 2 years of half-time service equal 1 year of full-time service.
        4. Beginning at the date of retirement, insurance benefits (health and life) shall be maintained according to the schedule below. The effective date of the health and accident retirement schedule is the first day of the month following the retirement date.
          Full-time Equivalent Years Insurance Coverage
          10 - 3 years (36 months)
          15 - 3.5 years (42 months)
          20 - 4 years (48 months)
          25 - 5 years (60 months)
          30 - 6 years (72 months)
          35 - 7 years (84 months)
        5. Benefits for part-time classified employees (fewer than 7 hours per day) shall be based on full-time equivalent (FTE) years of service determined by the hours worked per day times the years of service divided by 7.
          Example for calculating FTE for a part-time employee who worked 4.5 hours per day for 15 years, 6 hours per day for 5 years, and 7 hours per day for 5 years:
          4.5 x 15 = 67.5
          6.0 x 5 = 30.0
          7.0 x 5 = 35.0
          132.5 divided by 7 = 18.93 FTE years.
          Note: partial years are not rounded.
        6. Employees who retire at the end of the contract year shall be covered under their regular contract insurance plan through Aug. 31. Retirement insurance benefits shall commence on Sept. 1 and continue for the number of years indicated by the schedule in item e. above.
      2. District insurance benefits for retirees covered under Medicare
        1. Three months before the retiree becomes eligible for Medicare coverage, an assessment will be made to determine the number of months of District insurance eligibility the retiree will have remaining when the retiree transfers from the District's group plan to Medicare. The following two options are available:
          Option 1: Enroll in the District group supplemental insurance plan for the remaining months of eligibility and the dependents, if any, will be offered COBRA.
          Option 2: Waive supplemental insurance. The number of remaining eligible months will include those months waived (i.e., spouse is still an active employee).
          Examples of Options 1 and 2:
          Option 1: 10 eligible months = supplemental insurance
          Option 2: 10 eligible months = waive 6 months, enroll 4 months
      3. Insurance benefits for retirees enrolled in COBRA
        Continuation of coverage for the retiree under COBRA shall run concurrently with the medical coverage provided under this policy. Dependents will be offered COBRA at the time of group coverage loss.
    5. Continuing insurance benefits after eligibility has expired
      Retirees who are not eligible for Medicare and who have exhausted their District insurance benefits may purchase insurance through the District's group insurance program.
      (1) The premium will be set at 110% of the current group rate premium.
      (2) The premium will be reassessed every year and may be adjusted upward if the group rate premium increases.
      (3) Dependents will be offered COBRA at the time of group coverage loss.
    6. All District insurance benefits terminate at the time of the retiree's death.
  3. Post Retirement
    If an employee retires under the provisions of the Utah State Retirement Act and desires to be rehired, they must meet the provisions of current law.