An approved Workshop/Conference request form is required BEFORE a conference or workshop can be attended. Verbal approval to attend a conference or workshop also requires completing the form in advance. Forms are available in the Main office of your work location.
All employees must complete a Workshop/Conference Request form prior to registering for any workshop/conference. The form must be legible and completed in its entirety.
Attach a copy of all information you have on the conference, such as an e-mail, brochure or flyer.
Attach a COMPLETED registration form
Attach a requisition form
If an overnight stay is required you must submit an itemized statement of expenses as soon as possible following the conference. ORIGINAL RECEIPTS for ALL items, including hotel accommodations, travel, meals, tolls, parking, etc. are required. Refer to Travel Procedure Policy posted on Smithfield Public Schools website.
Submit all material to the school principal or your immediate supervisor for approval a minimum of four weeks before the conference registration deadline (not the date of the conference) to allow time for materials to be processed.
Principal or Supervisor will forward request to the Administration Office for review by the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent and/or Director of Special Education.
Register for the event once you receive the email verifying approval. Approved requests are then forwarded to the principals or Business Office for payment processing.
Please remember to use Frontline to log your absence from school, even if you do not need a substitute. You may choose “Professional Development” as your reason for absence.
IF THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT FOLLOWED, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR CONFERENCE REQUEST
Following procedures will eliminate delays and ensure requests are processed in a timely manner.