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4123 Classroom Aides

NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 4123 Northfield, New Jersey Monitored

Mandated Policy X Other Reasons


The Northfield Board of Education, within its financial means, may hire aides (paraprofessionals) as recommended by the Superintendent of Schools.

It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to plan for any teacher aide’s (paraprofessional’s) constructive involvement with the class. The primary benefit must be to the students.

Classroom aides (paraprofessionals) shall be under the supervision of the classroom teacher.

In accordance with federal law, the Superintendent of Schools shall establish procedures to release information, upon request, regarding the qualifications of classroom aides (paraprofessionals) to parents/guardians for any classroom aide (paraprofessional) who is employed by a school receiving Title Ι funds and who provides instructional assistance to their children.

Qualification of Classroom Aides (Paraprofessionals) In Title Ι Schools

All classroom aides (paraprofessionals) paid in whole or in part with Title 1 funds shall be qualified in accord with federal law. All such paraprofessional (classroom aides) must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. All such classroom aides (paraprofessionals), except those working as translators or solely in conducting parent involvement activities, also must meet one of the following criteria:

A. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education;

B. Obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or

C. Passed a formal state or local assessment demonstrating ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics or reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

NJSBA Review/Update: November 2009; December 2010 Adopted: October 24, 2011

Key Words

Aides; Classroom Aides; Teacher Aides; Background Check; Paraprofessionals; Personnel Background Check

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1 Criminal history record; employee in regular contact with through -7.5 students; grounds for disqualification from employment; exception

  1. 18A:11-1 General mandatory powers and duties
  2. 18A:16-2 through -5 Physical examinations; requirement …
  3. 18A:54-20 Powers of board (county vocational schools)
  4. 6A:32-6.1 et seq. School Employee Physical Examinations
  5. 6A:32-4.7 Approval of paraprofessional staff

8 U.S.C.A. 1100 et seq. -Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, 20 U.S.C.A. 6301 et seq.



Cross References: *3541.1 Transportation routes and services *3542 Food service *4212.4 Employee health *4215 Supervision *4216 Evaluation

4221 Noninstructional substitutes *5131 Conduct/discipline *6162.4 Community resources

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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