Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: June 27, 1994
Continued professional study (and in-service training) are prerequisites
for continued professional growth and advanced ability to undertake increased
responsibility. Therefore, these guidelines are established for all professional
All professional employees are encouraged through graduate study, special
study or in-service training to further personal advancement in accordance
with these guidelines.
Official School System Meetings - There shall be no loss of salary
for such absence.
Other Meetings - Professional employees may, on the recommendation
of the principal of the school, be excused without loss of salary to attend
the sessions of an appropriate educational program provided not more than
one (1) employe is excused from a school at one time and that the benefits
accruing to this person shall be capitalized upon by the school group of
which s/he is a member.
The principal shall be responsible for the selection of appropriate employees
whose attendance at the educational conference will result in maximum value
to the school. Such attendance may be approved only where the program has
specific relation to problems which are under consideration by the school
staff or by a group within the staff.
If representation is in excess of that provided, the matter shall be decided
by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
Educational Conventions - Approval to attend educational conventions
may be granted either without loss of salary or with complete loss of salary,
depending upon the nature of the convention and the relationship of the
employe to it.
Professional employees should not make commitments to appear on programs
without first obtaining assurance from the Executive Director of Human
Resources that a leave of absence for that purpose will be granted.
The Superintendent of Schools may grant a leave of absence for the purpose
of observation without loss of salary to teachers under the following conditions:
Professional Employees Who Have Satisfactorily Completed The Two
Observation in other Philadelphia schools or in the employe's school for
two (2) days each school year.
Observation in schools outside Philadelphia for two (2) days each school
year. Such visits are restricted to schools where the opportunity to gain
professional help exists to an acceptable degree. Requests should not be
made for days immediately preceding or following a school holiday.
Observations in business and industrial concerns may be substituted for
either 2.81 or 2.82 above.
The approval of the principals of the schools involved and the Regional
Superintendents concerned must be obtained on Form SEH-86.
If the observation is outside the Philadelphia School System, a written
report of the observation shall be sent through the principal and Regional
Superintendent to the Executive Director of Human Resources within two
(2) weeks following the visit.