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Staff Development

The City School District of Albany provides its teachers and staff with many professional development opportunities throughout the school year and during the summer. Many district staff expressed an interest and/or a need for the various development programs offered.

For a complete list of the programs offered, please contact the office of the assistant superintendents for elementary and secondary education at 475-6015.

Additionally, there are some professional development courses that are mandated, such as training in Right-to-Know, Child Abuse, Substance Abuse, and Project SAVE.

Right-to-Know/Hazard Communications
New York State Department of Labor requires that all employees receive training in Hazard-Comm/Right-to-Know and Blood borne Pathogens. This training is required.

Substance Abuse
The Board of Education is committed to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use/abuse. On October 2, 1990, the board adopted an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Policy. This policy provides for prevention, intervention, employee's assistance program, disciplinary measures, and staff development.

To implement the policy, the district requires employees to attend Substance Abuse Training. It is a one-time required training.

Child Abuse and Maltreatment Prevention
The Board of Education recognizes that district employees who are in constant contact with school-aged children are in a unique position to identify abused or maltreated children.

To implement the New York State Education Department's ruling, the district requires all employees to attend this training. It is a one-time required training.

Project SAVE Legislation
Pursuant to the requirement of the New York State Education Department's legislation of Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, SAVE, school districts must provide--at a minimum--at least two hours of coursework or training in school violence prevention and intervention.

All professional staff must receive the two-hour training once in their lifetime of employment with this district.

It is the responsibility of the employee to attend the appropriate trainings. Since these mandated trainings occur during non-working hours, all employees will be credited with the required staff development hours; a record of participation will be retained in employees' personnel files and noted in their evaluation.

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