Discussion in 'Paraprofessionals' started by krlynn457, Jun 1, 2017.
Jun 1, 2017
Are they keeping any paras at your school who were hired more recently than you? Based on my experience, within your own building, anyone hired after you should be let go before you. However, if you are the newest hire at your building, then, unfortunately, they can let you go. In my experience, they can't bump someone from one building to move an employee from a different building who happens to be at risk for being laid off, just because the one being laid off needs a position and has been in the district longer. However, they could and should hire you at another building if they have an open position and you have seniority over others who are also being laid off.
Check your policies online. In my district, paras are classified employees and have different rules regarding seniority and bumping. For teachers in my district, layoffs would definitely cross buildings and teachers would be shifted schools to fill the positions opened by the teachers who were laid off.
Sorry for the multiple postings--my phone went wonky!
I meant to add earlier that, in the districts where I've worked, paras would never be considered "non-renewed". Paras don't get contracts, like teachers do. Paras are considered "non-certified staff" and are employed similar to how any employee at any business that hires part-time workers would be employed. This means that the para can choose to leave or be let go at any time during the school year without question, unlike teachers.
See, here, they would make another building in the district hire you, if you were being laid off due to decreased enrollment and another building had an opening. However, they wouldn't make another building get rid of a staff member who has worked there and whose position is being kept simply to give you a position.
Good luck though! I hope it works out for you!
Can you have a union rep attend a meeting with HR with you? Unions often provide representation in these situations.
Ditto what Caesar said. I would definitely have representation when you meet with HR. Don't meet alone.