ASBA’s Employee Handbook Services

Arizona School Boards Association has prepared this concise and accurate handbook as a tool to provide clear expectations of employment and supports growth and development of employees for member school districts.

ASBA offers an employee handbook model document that addresses conditions of employement and related topics important to district employees. The purpose of an employee handbook is to advise employees of important aspects of the district’s unique culture and organizational mission. It serves to communicate conditions of employment, conduct and behavior.  The handbook outlines organizational expectations consistent with local board policies. The handbook model can be locally customized to meet the needs of each district and maintain consistency with district board policy.

Additionally, the handbook provides employees with guidance regarding specific questions that may arise as a member of the staff. This helps defend against employment claims presented to the district, aid in organization and consistency in the workforce and provide for a common need to be informed and be a productive member of the team

Please keep in mind that this is not a replacement of a district policy manual.

Preview how the employee handbook is organized below.

For more information please contact Steve Highlen,Sr. Policy Consultant at 602.254.1100

Structure of the Handbook

  • District Mission Statement
  • District Administration
  • District Map
  • Yearly Calendar
  • Governing Board Members
  • Governing Board Policy Manual

A. Personnel Policies
B. Assignment and Responsibilities

  1. Support Staff
  2. Professional Staff

C. Assistance Programs

  1. Employee Assistance
  2. Workers Compensation
  3. Wellness Programs

D. Conflict of Interest
E. Drug Free Workplace
F. Nondiscrimination / Equal Opportunity
G. Resignation/Retirement

  1. Support Staff
  2. Professional Staff
  3. Retirement of Professional and Support Staff

H. Nondiscrimination & Equal Opportunity/ Harassment

  1. Nondiscrimination & Equal Opportunity
  2. Sexual Harassment

I. Staff Ethics/Conduct

  1. Staff Ethics
  2. Staff Conduct

J. Use of Physical Force


  1. Support Staff
  2. Salaried Staff

B. Involuntary Deductions
C. Voluntary Deductions
D. Employee Benefits

  1. Bereavement Leave
  2. FMLA
  3. Jury Duty
  4. Leave Without Pay
  5. Maternity Leave
  6. Military Leave
  7. Personal Leave
  8. Leave for Conferences/Visitations/Workshops
  9. Sabbatical Leave
  10. Sick Leave
  11. Vacation
    1. Professional Staff
    2. Support Staff

A. Teachers
B. Support Staff
C. Administrators
D. Other Staf

A. Appropriate Work Attire
B. Arrangements for a Substitute Teache
C. Certification
D. Child Abuse Reporting
E. Communication with Students and Parents
F. Conduct with Students
G. Copyright Compliance
H. Curriculum/Lesson Plans
I. District Keys
J. District Vehicles
K. Emergency Procedures
L. Employee Discipline

  1. Professional Staff
  2. Support Staff

M. Employee Grievances
N. Employment Outside the District
O. Drugs/Alcohol
P. Identification Badges
Q. Participation in Political Activities
R. Personal Property
S. Physical Restraint/Seclusion
T. Prohibited Personnel Practices
U. Public Records
V. Purchasing Procedures
W. Receipt of Legal Papers or Threats of Litigation
X. Smoking/Tobacco
Y. Staff Meetings
Z. Use of District Equipment/Property
AA. Weapons

A. Attendance
B. Cell Phone
C. Ceremonies and Observations
D. Release Time for Religious Instruction
E. Student Evaluation and Grading
F. Special Instructional Programs
G. Students 504 Plans
H. Student Rights
I. Student Conduct, Rules and Discipline
J. Supervision of Students