Modifying the Teacher Job Description for Remote Instruction

March 26, 2020 • April Mabry

Modifying the Teacher Job Description for Remote Instruction

Modifications to the teacher job description provides documentation of new expectations, responsibilities, and working conditions.

The move to remote instruction has changed how teachers perform their jobs and the conditions under which they carry out their duties. Documentation of the new demands is a key to communicating performance expectations, the work schedule, and physical demands.

A document outlining the modified requirements and working conditions of teachers is available in the HR Library and can be provided to all teachers conducting distance learning. The modifications can also be given to a teacher returning to work after a medical leave and assist health care providers with assessing the individual’s ability to perform the essential job functions.

The document modifies the duties described in the classroom teacher job description and addresses:

  • Responsibility for working remotely and using technology or alternative means of instruction
  • Preparing and implementing lesson plans and activities and adjusting instruction to accommodate difference in student needs
  • Requirement to follow an established schedule in terms of hours and days of work
  • Expectations for communicating with colleagues, students, and parents

This document and other resources for responding to the pandemic are available in the HR Library in the  Epidemic Response section.

April Mabry is an assistant director at TASB HR Services. Send April an email at

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