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9.19.P.1 Class Size
PROCEDURE PROCEDURE

Reference:
Section 9.19 - Policy

 

Class Size Goals

The Superintendent shall make reasonable efforts to equalize class sizes within grade.

Goals regarding class size are formulated each year during the District budget setting process and are established in collaboration with teachers, staff members and site administrators.  The goals for student/teacher and student/staff ratios shall be specified in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Dysart Education Association.

High School Class Size Goals 

The high school may be staffed according to annually established student-to-teacher ratios.

K-8 Class Size Goals

The K-8 school may be staffed according to annually established student-to-teacher ratios. 

When a grade level enrollment at an individual school exceeds the District goal for class size by four (4) students for ten (10) consecutive days, the Superintendent will recommend to the Governing Board that an additional teacher will be employed for that grade level as soon as possible provided classroom space is available, qualified applicants are available and the District budget allows for such additions to staff.  During the second semester, additions will be considered on a case by case basis.  If the number of students exceeds the goal for a class or program, acceptable alternatives may include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Addition of a long-term sub
     
  • Addition of an instructional assistant
     
  • Adding a teacher
     
  • Other adjustments acceptable to the Superintendent and Governing Board

Special Education Class Size Goals 

It is the intent of the District to maintain a special education student/teacher and student/staff ratio that will allow the staff to work effectively and efficiently toward the individualized education program (IEP) objectives of each student with a disability and to work with classroom teachers to prevent learning problems whenever possible.  

Note:  When enrollment in Special Education Programs by categories exceeds the district goals, additional personnel may be required based on individual IEPs.  If the number of students exceeds the goal for a class or program, acceptable alternatives may include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Increasing an instructional assistant's hours.
     
  • Addition of an instructional assistant.
     
  • Reassigning students to a different teacher/program.
     
  • Adding a teacher.
     
  • Other adjustments acceptable to the Superintendent and Governing Board.

The administrator for special education shall make student assignments within the resources available, based upon the goals listed above.