JOB TITLE: Paraprofessional
DEPARTMENT: Owasso Schools
REPORTS TO: Principal
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
SALARY SCHEDULE: Para/HQ Para
APPROVED BY: Charlene Duncan
APPROVED DATE: 5/31/19
SUMMARY: Provides support to lead teacher and gives assistance to students with individual physical, social, academic and other needs.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: these statements are intended to describe the responsibilities assigned to this position and are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
Provide support to a child with a disability in the classroom, other educational settings (e.g., playground, hallway, restroom, nurse’s office, gymnasium, other specified areas on a school campus, and transportation situations), or in community-based educational settings.
Assist teachers or other related service personnel in implementing the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Assist in the personal care of the child (i.e. toileting, diaper changes, personal hygiene, restroom care, tube feedings, and catheterizations) and participate in specific trainings related to each medical procedure, as the need arises.
Ensures safety of the child.
Provides supports necessary because of physical, health or behavioral concerns to enable a child to access educational programs.
Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.
Assists the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on an understanding of individual students, their needs, interests and abilities.
Operates and cares for equipment used in the classroom for instructional purposes.
Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods and field trips.
Assists with large group activities.
Participates in daily and long-range lesson and classroom activity planning.
Conducts learning exercises with small groups of special needs students.
Alerts the teacher to special needs of individual children.
Provides escort and assistance to children as necessary.
Helps maintain individual records for each child.
Assists teacher in maintaining neat work and study areas.
Assists students with daily living skills and personal care
Assists students with transition activities.
All other duties assigned by the supervisor.
QUALIFICATION: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
High School Diploma or equivalent
Associate Degree or higher OR 48 hours of college credit OR passed the ParaPRo (paraprofessional test) OR passed the OGET (Oklahoma General Education Test) OR passed the WorkKey
Generally will have at least one year's experience in a closely related field.
Yearly CPR, First Aid, and CPI certification.
6 hours of continuing education per year to maintain paraprofessional certification from the State of Oklahoma.
Paraprofessional/Assistant Training (provided by school nurses).
Basic knowledge of disabilities.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Computer literate; excellent written and oral communication ability; strong knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and laws applicable to education and special education. Ability to follow all district policies and procedures. Good organizational skills. Ability to be flexible and be able to multi-task. Ability to work independently, be a self-starter and have enthusiasm for the tasks being done. Demonstrating strong communication skills, orally and in writing, with faculty, staff, team members, and administrators. Ability to work without supervision, and work as a team player. Ability to document records accurately. Ability to manage confidential information in a manner that respects students, families, and employees. Ability to listen effectively.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret English. Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor, school personnel, and co-workers.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform basic math functions such as addition and subtraction.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written and oral instructions. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Will require lifting of student for proper positioning to prevent deformity and enhance comfort and stability, also transferring of student to toilet, floor wedge, bolster ball and other therapeutic equipment. While performing the duties of this job, you must be able to sit in classroom chairs at a desk for up to an hour at a time. Frequently walk the hallways the length of the school.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work environment can at times be very stressful but is usually calm. There can be many interruptions in routine due to student behavior or making accommodations. Must have own transportation to sites.