TEACHER/PRINCIPAL/STAFF

Staffing

TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION SYSTEM

All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the BOCES’ approved APPR plan. Herkimer BOCES will consider whether their currently approved APPR plans may need to be revised in order to be consistent with their plans for re-opening under an in-person, remote or hybrid instructional model. School leaders will continue to attend annually required Lead Evaluator training.

CERTIFICATION, INCIDENTAL TEACHING AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

All teachers will hold valid and appropriate certificates for teaching assignment, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or education law. The Regional Certification Officer for Herkimer BOCES will continue to review teacher certification status and provide guidance to people towards achieving professional level certification. The annual professional development plan offers opportunities for staff to earn continuous teacher and leader education hours as required to maintain certification.

STUDENT TEACHERS

Student teachers from NYSED registered college or university programs can serve under the supervision of fully certified teachers at Herkimer BOCES. Student teachers will follow all of the social distancing, mask wearing, health status reporting, and other COVID-19 procedures that the teachers follow. Student teachers will serve under the supervision of our full time certified teachers only. At no time will a student teacher be used as a teacher of record.