For the purposes of administering the provisions of this chapter and the provisions of education Code Sections 41376 and 41378, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Class" means a group of pupils scheduled to report regularly at a particular time to a particular teacher as opposed to a grade which is a broader segment of the school organization.
(1) Where the type of teaching in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, and 3 is other than in self-contained classes, the "class" is the basic homeroom where all of the following applies for a child:
(A) Attendance is recorded and investigation of absences is instigated.
(B) The child has his desk, locker, or drawer.
(C) The teacher handles the administrative routines such as keeping cumulative records, collecting basic data about the child, distributing items to go home, collecting lunch money, and distributing and collecting report cards.
(D) The teacher is the usual contact with the child's parents.
(E) Some planned instruction is given.
(2) For kindergarten and grades 1, 2, and 3, when it is necessary for a specific group of pupils, consisting of a portion or all of the pupils otherwise enrolled in a "class," to meet together for a particular period or periods during the regular school day for a particular phase of education for which responsibility is assigned to two or more teachers, or for an extracurricular school activity, such group shall not be considered a "class" under the provisions of the section.
(b) "Regular day class" means a class maintained during the regular school day as defined by the governing board. Classes in special day and evening and summer schools, juvenile hall schools, and classes for the physically handicapped, mentally retarded, severely mentally retarded, educationally handicapped, and mentally gifted are not regular day classes for the purposes of this section.
(c) "Active enrollment" on a day count is taken means the pupils in enrollment in the class on the first day of the school year on which the class was in session, plus all later enrollees, minus all withdrawals since that first day.
(1) For kindergarten and Grades, 1, 2, and 3, a count shall be made on the last teaching day of each school month that that ends prior to April 15 of the school year.
(2) For Grades 4 to 8, inclusive, the count shall be made at the end of the sixth school month. A count of full-time equivalent classroom teachers shall also be made at the end of the sixth school month.
(d) The "number of pupils enrolled" in class for kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, or 3 means the sum of the numbers determined by all the active enrollment counts made for the class pursuant to (c), divided by the number of such counts made for the class.
(e) The "average number of pupils per class" for grades, 1, 2, and 3 is the number obtained by dividing the sum of the quotients derived under subsection (d) for all classes in those grades, by the number of those quotients. The "average number of pupils enrolled per class" for kindergarten is the number so obtained for all classes in kindergarten.
(f) The "total number of pupils enrolled" for grades 4 to 8, inclusive, mean the active enrollment, as defined in subsection (c), in these grades at the end of the sixth school month, exclusive of the active enrollment of pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, in classes considered to be of grades 1, 2, or 3 under Section 15102
(g) "Classroom teacher" means an employee of the district in a position requiring certification qualifications whose duties require him to teach in regular day classes in any grade of Grades 4 to 8, inclusive, during the regular school year.
(h) One "full-time equivalent classroom teacher" means the period of time the duties under subsection (g) are assigned a classroom teacher equal in the total number of hours designated by a governing board as a regular school day. The period of time less than the regular school day for which a classroom teacher is assigned such duties is that fraction of a full-time equivalent classroom teacher which the period of time bears to a full-time equivalent classroom teacher expressed to the nearest one-tenth (0.1).
(Amended by Register 77, No. 39.)