The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall require instructional personnel to work at least the minimum number of days stipulated by their contract.  Typically, personnel shall be required to work the following minimum periods:


9-month employees; 

Current School Board Approved Calendar/Days as Designated


10-month employees;

Current School Board Approved Calendar + Additional Days as designated


11-month employees;

Current School Board Approved Calendar + Additional Days as designated


12-month employees; 

233 working days based on Current School Calendar




The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall require all personnel to follow the school calendar and holiday schedule during the school term.  The Superintendent, with approval from the Plaquemines Parish School Board, shall establish office hours and work schedules outside the normal school calendar as necessary.  Normal business hours shall be officially designated as 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, for the central office.


Principals and the administrative staff should be in their buildings ahead of pupils or teachers, and should remain in their buildings until pupils and teachers have gone from school, at least thirty (30) minutes before school takes in and thirty (30) minutes after the close of school each day.  Principals who leave their buildings for any purpose, other than attendance at civic clubs, principals' meetings, going to the administrative offices of the School Board, or other routine business affairs connected with the schools, shall secure prior approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee for such absence.


The maximum school day for teachers shall be seven and one-half (7½) hours. Teachers are expected to be at school at least fifteen (15) minutes before school starts and may leave school no sooner than fifteen (15) minutes after the close of school each day.  School day shall mean the regular student attendance hours, whether or not students are actually present.


Principals and department heads shall be authorized to adjust staff personnel schedules during the work week in order to prevent any employee incurring overtime work, unless properly authorized.


Planning Time


Time schedules for elementary teachers shall include a minimum thirty (30) minutes daily planning time or its weekly equivalent.  Teachers shall be expected to stay longer on duty days, for faculty meetings, parent-teacher conferences and meetings and other necessary school-related activities.


Duty Free Lunch


Teachers shall have an uninterrupted duty free lunch period daily on a rotational basis for at least thirty (30) minutes between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., except when emergencies or special events make it necessary to alter the schedule.  Teachers shall be expected to escort their classes to the cafeteria daily.




The Superintendent or his/her designee may designate and maintain a summer work schedule that varies from the normal business hours.  The principal shall be responsible for the operation of the school during the summer months.  This includes summer maintenance, financial statements, requisitions, request for services, reports, mail and correspondence, school records and transcripts, and the coordination of the school operation with the School Board.


In order to achieve the most efficient use of personnel at each school, assistant principals, school secretaries and all other ten (10) and eleven (11) month employees shall work their required number of days at the discretion of the principal.


The principal shall give the Superintendent a telephone number(s) where he/she may be contacted at any time.  The assistant principal shall be contacted in the absence of the principal as needed.




Any employee recovering from a work-related disability and whose recovery is determined by a physician to be to the point where the employee can resume at least partial duties and/or hours of work, may be allowed to return to work on a modified duty schedule.  Such a work schedule and/or the nature of the work to be performed by the returning employee shall be at the discretion of the School Board.  The School Board shall endeavor to provide reasonable accommodation to such an employee based on the employee’s circumstances and conditions of employment in accordance with School Board policy GAAB, Individuals with Disabilities.  A modified work schedule may continue only until the employee is certified to return to his or her normal work schedule by a physician or the employee has been determined to be permanently disabled.


Revised:  April, 2010

Revised:  November 1, 2010

Revised:  August 4, 2014



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§11:778, 17:81, 17:434

Board minutes, 7-1-95, 9-10-01, 8-4-14


Plaquemines Parish School Board