Some general questions

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  1. MsL

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    So I finally found a job and start this upcoming Tuesday! It is a full time safe school aide para position. I just have some general questions that ya'll may be able to answer: (I am in Idaho, if that helps to know)

    1. Do paras come in on inservice/prof. development days (non student)?
    2. Do paras take part in parent teacher conferences?
    3. Do paras stay full hours on early release days?
    4. Are paras paid for the school breaks/non school days? (I'm guessing no, but just curious)
     
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  3. MrsC

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    I'm sure it will vary from place to place,
    1. Yes
    2. Only in special circumstances and with signed consent from the parent.
    3. Yes
    4. This, I'm not sure of.
     
  4. renard

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    Yes, to all - but I'm sure it can vary by position.
     
  5. teacherintexas

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    It probably varies a lot by state and even by district.
     
  6. ECE ABC

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    I am a full time Para and we are on salary now, which is a new thing. We never use to get paid vacation weeks but now we do :) so I get the same paycheck every week regardless if school is in session or not, this includes vacations and snow days.

    They basically just take our salary and divide it into 43 weeks now instead of 38 weeks, so we get a paycheck every week from Sept 4th until June 26th this school year...so when school lets out on the 14th of June, we will still receive paychecks until the end of the month which is nice.!

    We do not have to go to the teacher development days but Paras in my district do get 2 workshops a year and we attend them on 2 of our scheduled early dismissal days, this is also new and we get paid as if we worked a full day.

    An early dismissal day before a major holiday or break we get to leave at 12:45 like everyone else.

    Any early dismissal/late opening due to snow/emergency/other weather situation we get paid the full day!!!!!

    We do have a new union now so we are getting some things that we have never received before.
     
  7. newday

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    1. Do paras come in on inservice/prof. development days (non student)?
    Yes (but we usually do other work)

    2. Do paras take part in parent teacher conferences?
    No (but we have to still be in the building)

    3. Do paras stay full hours on early release days?
    Yes

    4. Are paras paid for the school breaks/non school days? (I'm guessing no, but just curious) Yes. (I'm surprised that some schools don't.)
     
  8. allaphoristic

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    Sep 11, 2015

    Yes to all for my school, but we are also a charter. Congrats on your new position!
     
  9. MLB711

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    1. I always asked. Sometimes yes, usually no.
    2. Not unless requested by the parents.
    3. I was a half-time para so I got to go home when teachers did. I think that was an hour after students were released?
    4. I was salaried so technically yes.
     
  10. ECE ABC

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    So interesting how it varies state to state, or town to town even.

    There was a time when Paras never even got sick time or paid personal days and if it snowed, our paychecks were smaller that week...we had times where we missed days if not weeks of school because of hurricanes and monster snow storms so that needed to change! Thankfully I did by the time I became full time.

    Even health insurance was something that not all Paras could receive, you had to work at least 35 hours a week which was only a few people, now they offer it to anyone working 30 or more hours, which many more of us do now.


    It did take years and changing unions (at least) 3 times in the last 20 years before all this happened.
     

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