Adherence to School Policies

School Calendar

WGU teacher candidates are to follow the calendar of the cooperating school system. This includes attending in-service days, E-Learning days, and parent-teacher conferences. Teacher candidates must keep the same contract hours as their host teacher and participate in all professional activities (including professional development) in which the classroom host teacher participates. During the first week students should ask the host teacher about their expectations regarding arrival time before school starts and departure time after school ends. Generally, teacher candidates will need to be at the school 30-45 minutes before class starts, remain at school during the entire instructional day, and stay after school 45 minutes to an hour to plan and prepare. On E-Learning days, the teacher candidate will keep the same schedule as the host teacher, this may include, office hours, providing assignments for the classroom student, or grading assignments.  If the host teacher is absent, the teacher candidate is still required to report to school and work with the assigned substitute teacher.

 

 

School Policies

School policies vary from school to school. Before beginning field experiences in the school, WGU teacher candidates should become familiar with the school’s physical facilities as well as school policies such as zero tolerance, incident reporting, universal health precautions, and safety regulations and drills. The host teacher or building administrator should help with this orientation to the school. WGU expects teacher candidates to comply with all policies (attendance and otherwise) as required by the cooperating school and school district. Teacher candidates must keep in mind the following key rules and expectations, as well as others brought to their attention by school personnel:

 

  • Review school policies, procedures, and regulations with the host teacher, including emergency procedures. Read the school policy manual and comply with all school district and building regulations.
  • Be on time when reporting to school and keep regular attendance. The expectation is that teacher candidates attend school each day unless illness or emergency occurs, arriving at school promptly and remaining throughout the school day. Schedule doctor appointments and other business outside of school hours.
  • Notify the building principal and host teacher, as well as the clinical supervisor, as far in advance as possible, of unavoidable tardiness or absence.
  • Do not leave the school campus during the school day to run errands or eat lunch.
  • Maintain frequent contact with the school’s principal, staff, and other faculty.
  • Review and follow the school’s policy on computer, cell phone, and internet use.
  • Do not use school computers to check email or participate on social networking sites.
  • Turn off cell phones while school is in session. Do not make or accept personal calls during the school day. Use a wrist watch or classroom clock instead of a cell phone to check the time.
  • Attend school events as requested by the host teacher or principal.
  • Volunteer and assist with routine procedures and non-teaching duties as assigned by the host teacher.
  • Be sensitive to the values and expectations of the school community.
  • Interact professionally with colleagues, students, office and all non-teaching school staff, parents, and district personnel.
  • Be considerate and courteous to students, parents, building teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Respect the confidentiality of the classroom host teacher, students, and school personnel. WGU teacher candidates must observe professional ethics and FERPA regulations when discussing student problems with parents and other teachers.
  • Apply only disciplinary methods, conflict resolution, and behavioral procedures that are approved by the school district and that do not undermine the dignity or the basic human rights of individuals, such as corporal punishment.
    • Note: If you suspect any form of child abuse or neglect, immediately follow the established school or district policies for alerting school staff or the building principal.  Contact teachersuccess@wgu.edu  if you have any questions.
  • Observe the standards of dress appropriate to the teaching profession and in accordance with school and district policy. For example, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, and flip-flops are not acceptable classroom attire. Teacher candidates should check with their program mentor, cohort facilitator, clinical supervisor, or host teacher if they have any questions regarding appropriate and professional dress and grooming.
  • Teacher candidates should provide the host teacher and school with a current phone number, mailing address, email address, and continue to check their my.wgu.edu email daily.
  • Follow the established school policies regarding cell phone usage. Do not make personal calls unless there is an emergency.