Paraprofessionals: PARA IN CHARGE OF STUDENTS ALONE

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Marcella:  Is my paraprofessional allowed to be alone with my RSP middle school students during library time (in the library with a librarian) without me present in order for my students to to check books in and out for 15 minutes while I am observing other students to fulfill IEP support service requirements?

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Emily
01/17/2020 12:26 pm

I recall being the general ed. teacher in this situation. I don’t know if it was common or unusual, but most of our paras at that school were also qualified as substitute teachers. So, yeah, they could take over classrooms.

Stacy
08/09/2019 9:51 pm

Can a paraprofessional lead a class under the direction of a teacher? In other words, there are 40 students, can the para take a group of 20 kids and teach the lesson the teacher has prepared while the teacher has the other 20 in another room? This is not a graded class. It is an enrichment, higher level thinking activity.

Stefanie
05/15/2019 11:24 am

I have a similar question. Are Para’s allowed to be alone with ES students while the teacher is at an IEP meeting. The meeting took most of the morning and the Para was instructing and alone with students.

Morning
12/15/2016 11:51 am

Paras are alone with students a lot, especially during specials like library, gym, art, etc. They should be highly qualified and trained. In larger school districts, this is very common. In the best cases, the librarian, gym teacher, etc,, all accommodate and work with the para and students to achieve goals.

Ramona
01/17/2020 9:54 am
Reply to  Morning

This is the exact same thing the teacher is doing! So, why isn’t the para being paid the exact same thing?!