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Introduction

This Employee Handbook provides a summary of employee benefits and guidelines with respect to your employment. It does not cover all aspects of your employment with APS. You are responsible for reading and understanding this Employee Handbook. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your supervisor.

Schools or departments may establish additional guidelines and procedures appropriate to their school or department. Please learn those guidelines and observe them at all times. They are established for your benefit and that of the school or department and our students.

This Employee Handbook replaces any earlier APS Employee Handbook. In addition, this Handbook may be revised from time to time, as needed, without prior notice as business, employment, legislative and/or economic conditions dictate. Any such revisions apply to existing as well as future employees. Revisions will be made as they are approved.

Only the Superintendent of APS or his/her designee may alter or modify any of the provisions of this Employee Handbook. Statements or promises by an administrator, principal, supervisor, manager or department head may not be interpreted as a change in policy and do not constitute an agreement with an employee.

In the event of a conflict between school or department policies and this Handbook, this Handbook and APS Board of Education Policies and Procedural Directives will govern.  When APS Board Policies and Procedural Directives are changed, they supersede the information in the APS Employee Handbook.

This Handbook is not a contract or any part of a contract of employment, express or implied. This is a general publication prepared for all APS employees, many of whom are represented by various unions. If a conflict arises between an item in this Employee Handbook and an item in a negotiated agreement, the terms in the Negotiated Agreement will govern without nullifying any other items in this Handbook. If a conflict arises between an item in this Employee Handbook and an item in APS Board of Education Policies and Procedural Directives, the terms in the APS Board of Education Policies and Procedural Directives will govern without nullifying any other items in this Handbook. Nothing in the Company's policy is designed to interfere with, restrain, or prevent employee communications regarding wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment; employees have the right to engage in or refrain from such activities.

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