• Responsibilities of the Substitute Teacher

    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
         else.
    •    Using discretion in expressing personal reactions and opinions about what is seen and heard in the
         classroom.