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Hoosac Valley Regional School District Paraprofessionals in Cheshire, Massachusetts

Multiple openings: Elementary, Middle and High School DEFINITION: The Paraprofessional works to provide the necessary instructional and non-instructional assistance and supervision, under the direction of the professional staff, for the effective and efficient operation of the school. SUPERVISION: Works under the supervision of certified school personnel and under the general supervision of the principal. The performance of these functions may require the exercise of independent judgment of the PARAPROFESSIONAL in a range of instructional, supervision and other assigned duties. JOB ENVIRONMENT: Typical school-site environment. Uses computers and other appropriate general and specific equipment. Is expected to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with parents, professional and administrative staff, and other school community members, as instructed. Has some access to department-oriented confidential information such as report cards and health information. Errors in job performance could result in loss of service, lower educational achievement, safety hazards, monetary loss to the district, and adverse public relations. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assisting professional personnel in instructional assignments within the school setting, including assisting with classroom management and organizing instructional materials. Assists both individual and small groups of students in both instructional and social situations within the school setting. Assists individual children in completion of personal care and daily living skills. General supervision of students as assigned within the school setting, including supervision both within and outside the school building. Performs appropriate record keeping for the assigned tasks within the school setting. Monitors student work for both small groups and individuals within the school setting. Performs a range of clerical duties required within the school setting and specific to assignment. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Ability to transfer students to and from places within the school environment. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: For substitute PARAPROFESSIONAL positions: High school diploma (or equivalent) For regular PARAPROFESSIONAL positions: Associates' (or higher) degree or its equivalent .i Professional development as required. Experience working with young people both with and without disabilities. KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY AND SKILL: Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. Ability to use computers and general office-type equipment. Demonstrate facility with both English Language and general Mathematics. Knowledge of and ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing and mathematics. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Alert, physically assertive and mobile at all times. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to transfer students from place to place within the building. Must be able to work in a school-site environment, which includes periods of outdoor exposure up to 45 minutes at a time. i A PARAPROFESSIONAL may substitute the following for an Associates' degree: (1) completion of 48 credit hours at an Institution of Higher Learning; or (2) Completion of 48 credit hours at an Institution of Higher Learning; or (2) Completion of a formal local assessment program within the DOE or local option Guidelines; or (3) Completion of the formal Massachusetts endorsed assessments Parapro or WorkKeys. Employees as of October 2005 who are not in a Title 1 environment will not have a time limit to fulfill this obligation, but must demonstrate sustained movement towards this requirement.

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