Navigating the Unassignment & Transfer Process

This week, building administrators received staffing allocations for the 2021-2022 school year. We are told that there will not be an overall reduction in staffing next year-- this is great news. However, as is true every year, changes in programming and staffing may cause reductions of positions in some buildings (resulting in “unassignments”) and available vacant positions in others. 

An “unassignment” does not mean the educator loses a job at PPS; it means they will be transferred to a different position. Educators unassigned from their current position  should apply for vacant positions for which they are licensed. Unassigned educators are eligible to apply for positions during the Internal transfer process. See: FAQ: Unassignment & Transfer.

Educators who are not unassigned but seek to transfer to a different site may apply for posted vacancies. Contract educators and 3rd year probationary educators may apply in the Internal phase (along with any unassigned educator). See: FAQ: Applying & Interviewing for Positions.

1st and 2nd year probationary educators, temporary educators, and substitute educators may apply in the External phase, along with outside applicants. All unassigned educators in a subject area must be assigned before PPS may consider any External phase applicants. See: Internal v. External Phase – When Can I Apply?

In all cases, transfers will occur according to the process outlined in Article 18 of the PAT/PPS contract.

 Here is the timeline:

  • March 18 & 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m. – PPS Info Meetings for Unassigned Educators
  • March 29 - April 2 - Internal Phase Vacancies Posted
  • April 5 – 7 - Interviews
  • Mid-April - Unassigned Educators Notified of Assignments
  • April 20 - External Phase Opens