Policy DBF - Substitutes
Issue Date: 4/22/2020
Hiring and Employment Procedures
In hiring substitute teachers, the District shall apply the following priorities in evaluating applicants:
1. The District shall give first priority to applicants who hold a valid license in the subject matter they will be teaching as a substitute;
2. The District shall give second priority to applicants who have a valid license in a field commonly taught in public schools; and
3. The District shall give third priority to applicants who have a college degree.
An individual seeking employment as a substitute teacher shall furnish evidence to the District that the individual is physically and mentally fit to work.
Prior to hiring an applicant as a substitute teacher, the District shall obtain verification through CACTUS that the applicant has not had a license suspended or revoked and shall obtain a criminal background check on the applicant.
The District shall periodically evaluate substitute teachers employed by the District and shall establish a salary schedule for substitute teachers according to their training, experience, and competency.
A regular teacher shall have lesson plans immediately available for use by substitute teachers.
Student Teachers as Substitutes
Student teachers may substitute in classes consistent with the instructions and policies from the higher education institution which the student attends.
Paraprofessionals and Aides as Substitutes
Paraprofessionals and aides may substitute in classes provided they comply with District and school policies.
The District may not employ any individual whose license has been revoked or is currently suspended by the State Board or the licencing entity of another jurisdiction.