Employment Policies & Procedures
Click on the links below to view employment policies and procedures. For easier reading, you may click the link again to make the description go away before selecting another policy to review.
Also view the TCAPS Employee Handbook for more information.
Michigan Code of Ethics for Educators
May 23, 2019 - The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved a new Michigan Code of Educational Ethics (Code). School districts should share and discuss the Code with all school personnel and its impact on local policy in support of ensuring an effective education workforce in alignment with Goal 3 of the Top 10 in 10 Years Strategic Plan.
It is essential that all individuals working with and for students understand how professional decision-making can impact the safety and well-being of children, licensure, and the culture and mission of the school.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, height, weight, marital or family status, religion, military status ancestry, genetic information or any other legally protected category, (collectively, “protected classes”), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. The following person is designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of the District or to address any complaint of discrimination:
Associate Superintendent of Labor Relations & Legal Services
Traverse City Area Public Schools
412 Webster Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
231.933.1716 | fax: 231.933.1721
Notice of the Board’s policy on nondiscrimination in employment practices shall be posted throughout the District, published in any District statement regarding the availability of employment, and in any staff handbooks.
Non-Discrimination & Equal Employment Opportunity Policies
For purposes of this policy/administrative guideline, “military status” refers to a person’s status in the uniformed services which includes the performance of duty, on a voluntary or involuntary basis, in a uniformed service including active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, inactive duty for training, full-time National Guard duty, and performance of duty or training by a member of the Michigan organized militia. It also includes the period of time for which a person is absent from employment for the purpose of an examination to determine the fitness of the person to perform any such duty as listed above.
Right to Request Reasonable Accommodation
Authorization to Work in the U.S.
Before any applicant to be offered employment can begin work, the person will be required and must be able to verify and document that he or she is authorized to work in the United States according to the requirements of federal law. Any offer of employment made to an applicant is conditioned upon the applicant’s completion of this process.
Criminal Records Check
Criminal History Records Check Policy
Employment Misconduct Check
As required by law, an applicant to be offered employment shall be required to execute an authorization and release for previous employers to provide the Traverse City Area Public Schools with any information about acts of misconduct by him or her during his or her previous employment with any prior employer. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s completion of the employment misconduct check procedures and a review of the results.
Pre-Employment Medical Examination
An applicant to be offered employment as a school bus driver and/or custodial-maintenance employee shall be required to submit to a pre-employment medical examination to determine his or her ability to perform the essential functions of the position of employment for which he or she is being considered. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the completion of and satisfactory results from the pre-employment medical examination.
The information provided by an applicant on this application or through any written or verbal communication made by the applicant during the applicant and/or review process must be completely truthful and provided without any concealment, misrepresentation, falsehood, evasion or dishonesty of any kind. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the applicant being completely truthful in the information provided in the application and/or interview process and the continued employment of a person with the Traverse City Area Public Schools may be terminated if any information provided by the applicant during the application and/or interview process is later found to be false, untruthful, or otherwise constitute concealment, misrepresentation, evasion or dishonesty of any kind.
Applicant's Acknowledgement & Consent
As the applicant, you will be presented with the following acknowledgment and consent:
I acknowledge that I have carefully read all of the notices listed above on this page, and understand that consideration of my application for employment and any offer of employment made to me by the Traverse City Area Public Schools shall be subject to the conditions specified therein. I acknowledge and understand that I must cooperate fully and completely in providing all materials, information and documentation necessary to complete the application, interview and pre-employment procedures to be considered for employment. Furthermore, I hereby expressly consent to and authorize the Traverse City Area Public Schools to conduct a pre-employment investigation with respect to my application for employment and the information I have provided during the application and/or interview process related to my application for employment. I hereby expressly consent to and authorize the Traverse City Area Public Schools to contact and communicate with any persons, employers, associations, businesses, schools, institutions, organizations, agencies, courts or governmental entities to confirm and/or obtain information about me related to consideration for employment and hereby release the Traverse City Area Public Schools, including its employees and/or agents, and those contacted from any liability for seeking, obtaining and/or providing information about me related to consideration of me for employment by the Traverse City Area Public Schools. I hereby authorize any and all of my current or former employers to disclose any and all information about by performance while an employee with them, including information about any acts of misconduct by me, to the Traverse City Area Public Schools, and to make available to the school district copies of all documents in my personnel record maintained by any and all of my current or former employers related to my performance, including any acts of misconduct. I hereby release any and all of my current or former employers and any employees acting on their behalf, from any liability for providing information related to my performance, including information about any acts of misconduct by me, and waive any written notice required under Section 6 of the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act, MCL 423.506, with respect to any such disclosure of information by them.