Professional Development Hours and Submissions

Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District follows a 21-hour PD model in which all certificated staff can earn 21 hours of professional development a year, outside of their contractual school hours, in order to buy back 3 days at the end of the school year. Below is a breakdown of how many hours can be accumulated in each category, as well as how many hours each staff member is required to earn.

Staff can attend PD sessions outside of our district, however, do not submit for pre-approval after the event.  You MUST submit the appropriate form in Frontline for prior approval. Time will not be credited toward the District’s 21-hour PD requirement without pre-approval. 

All requests for professional development leave that require cost reimbursement need to be entered at least 45 days before the event.  Please be sure to check “Yes” to the question asking for reimbursement on the pre-approval form.  Keep in mind, that there will be a delay in processing the form if “No” is selected.

Professional Development Hours Breakdown


  • In-district Hours (including workshops, Schoology modules, PLC, Classroom Observations, etc) –> unlimited
    • A minimum of 10 hours of professional development must be completed in-district.
    • PLC Hours (can be in multiple PLCs):
      • PLC of 2 people –> 7 hours
      • PLC of 3 or more people –> 10 hours
      • No more than 25% of a PLC can be done individually or online.
    • Wellness Hours –> 2 hours
    • SGO Hours (1st and 2nd-year staff only) –> 4 hours
    • Quarterly Assessment Hours (1st and 2nd-year staff only) –> 4 hours
  • Out-of-district Hours (conferences, online training/courses, workshops) –> 11 hours
    • Webinars (count toward out-of-district) –> 5 hours

District Hours for Supplemental and Part-time Staff


  • Supplemental Staff (participate on a pro-rated basis)
    • Full-time –> 12.5 hours
    • Part-time:
      • .75 –> 9.5 hours
      • .50 –> 6 hours
      • .25 –> 3 hours
  • Part-time Teachers (participate on a pro-rated basis)
    • .9 –> 19 hours
    • .8 –> 17 hours
    • .7 –> 14.5 hours
    • .6 –> 12.5 hours
    • .5 –> 10.5 hours
    • .4 –> 8.5 hours 
    • .3 –> 6.5 hours
    • .2 –> 4 hours
    • .1 –> 2 hours