To enable each child to pursue his/her education as smoothly and completely as possible in the absence of the regular teacher, the substitute’s responsibilities are to:
• Arrive at least 20 minutes before school begins. School starting and ending times vary by building. A list of these times is included in this handbook.
• Report to the office upon entering each building.
• Pick up the Substitute and Teacher Evaluation Checklist from the office.
• Consult the secretary, team leader, or department chair for supplies not available in the room.
• Become familiar with the media materials and computer.
• Record and report absences and tardies.
• Follow lesson plans as much as possible.
• Establish high expectation for student learning and behavior.
• Treat all students with respect.
• Be in the halls at passing time.
• Notify the office immediately if discipline assistance is needed.
At the end of each day, the substitute should:
• Leave the classroom and the teacher’s desk in order.
• Return equipment to the proper location.
• Turn off lights, close windows, and doors.
• Leave keys and any additional materials in the office.
• Complete the Substitute and Teacher Evaluation Checklist and turn it in to the building secretary.
• Leave comments and a record of the day’s progress, assignments completed, student discipline issues,
notes and calls from parents, etc. on the teacher’s desk.
• Serve the supervision duties of the regular teacher.
• Make sure the Substitute Teacher Form has been signed.
As a professional, the substitute teacher must:
• Consider all records confidential.
• Be professional in action and dress.
The substitute teacher should recognize that he/she will benefit by:
• Avoiding discussions and comparison of situations in one school while serving in another.
• Avoiding comment on the progress of pupils or the work of the teacher.
• Making all observations, suggestions, or criticisms to the principal of the school involved and not to anyone
• Using discretion in expressing personal reactions and opinions about what is seen and heard in the