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FAQ on assignment procedures

New York Teacher

I often receive questions about the policies governing end of assignments, how to revert to a specific school-based position, how to transfer to a new position and how to take a leave of absence or sabbatical. I’m providing the following answers to frequently asked questions. But if you have any questions that remain unanswered, please contact email me at teachersassigned@uft.org.

1. What happens if my teacher assigned assignment ends?

At the end of the assignment, a teacher has the right to return to the district from which he/she was assigned. Teachers can pursue school-based positions through the open market or teacher assigned positions via the job vacancy circulars posted online. If a teacher does not obtain a school-based position before the beginning of the school year, the teacher will be added to the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool.

2. What happens if my teacher assigned assignment has not ended but I wish to revert back to a specific school-based position or pursue a different teacher assigned position?

A teacher assigned who requests a return to his/her former position within one year shall be returned to his/her former school in accordance with his/her seniority. If a teacher assigned wants to pursue a classroom or school-based position and his/her assignment has not come to an end, the teacher can pursue school-based positions through the open market system or teacher assigned positions via the job vacancy circulars posted online.

3. What happens if I take a leave of absence or sabbatical as a teacher assigned?

Teachers assigned are eligible for both unpaid leaves of absence or partially paid sabbaticals for study to enhance teaching skills or restoration of health. After at least one year as a teacher assigned, a teacher assigned who returns from any leave of absence with or without pay of one year or less shall be returned to the position from which he/she took the leave, in accordance with seniority in that position provided he/she meets the qualifications for the position as they then exist.

A teacher assigned who returns from a leave of absence without pay of more than one year shall be returned to that position from which he/she took the leave provided a vacancy exists. If no vacancy exists, the teacher will be placed in excess and be added to the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool.

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