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DP302 – Substitute Teachers

  • Effective: 2/10/1970
  • Revision: 9/13/2011
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Jordan School District strives to provide adequate staffing of the schools each day including the placement of qualified substitute teachers when necessary.   The Board delegates to the District Administration the responsibility of assigning substitute teachers to the schools.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The substitute teacher policy shall be administered by the Human Resources Department, in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Leave for teachers will be granted in accordance with District policies established by the Administration.  Copies of the leave policies are available on the District website.
      1. A teacher who will be absent must notify the principal or designee, and is responsible for calling the substitute management system to arrange for a substitute teacher.
      2. When teachers know in advance that they will be absent, they may call the substitute management system up to 45 days prior to the absence.
      3. A teacher who is absent shall provide adequate lesson plans for the substitute.  Seating charts of the students’ names for each class shall be provided when applicable.
    2. The Administrator of Human Resources shall be responsible for obtaining the best qualified substitute teachers available.  Substitute teachers shall be secured and placed in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:
      1. A prospective substitute teacher must file an online application with the Human Resources Department for review by a qualified staff member.  Human Resources shall determine the candidate's qualifications for substitute service.  An interview may be conducted.
      2. Every effort will be made to seek the most qualified person to substitute.  Those with a degree and certification shall be given first consideration.  Only candidates who are 21 years of age or older with 60 semester hours or an Associate Degree equivalent, shall be placed on the District approved list as regular substitutes.  In an emergency, a person with less than 60 semester hours may substitute if the individual has had training or experience in an area that meets specific District, school, or student needs.
      3. The substitute teacher shall report to the school principal or his/her designee.  The substitute shall carefully review all lesson plan material, and follow the teacher’s lesson plans.  At the end of the day, a report shall be left by the substitute for the regular teacher.
      4. The principal, or his/her designee, shall welcome all substitutes, aid them in finding teacher plans, and orient them to the school schedule and procedures.
      5. The principal, or his/her designee will be responsible to verify and reconcile substitute teacher hours of work in the District online substitute system and timesheets when applicable.
      6. If a substitute teacher renders unsatisfactory service for a school, the principal shall so indicate to the Administrator of Human Resources on the Substitute Teacher Evaluation Form.  Evaluations shall be made to determine if substitutes should remain on the District list.
      7. Teacher requests made in advance for a particular substitute will be honored whenever possible.
      8. When advance notice is given for absences of more than one day, the same substitute will be assigned for the duration of the absence whenever possible.
      9. Substitute teachers may be limited on the number of hours worked.