Policy No. 5610
The board authorizes the employment of a certificated substitute in the absence of a certificated staff member. In addition, the district may use a substitute in place of a regularly-contracted staff member when:
A. Enrollment uncertainties exist at the beginning of a school year; or
B. Resignations of regular staff do not allow sufficient time for the district to employ an immediate replacement.
On either of the latter occasions the district shall employ a contracted staff person within a reasonable time.
The superintendent shall be responsible for establishing procedures by which teachers request substitutes and by which substitute teachers are assigned, employed and compensated.
Substitute teachers who have served for 20 full consecutive working days in the same assignment shall, from the 21st day of service be at the beginning step of the teacher’s base. However, if the substitute is placed in a position as a long-term leave replacement, the increased pay shall commence with the first date of assignment.
The board authorizes the employment of a spouse of an officer as a substitute teacher when the superintendent deems that there is a shortage of substitute teachers in the district.
If the superintendent reasonably anticipates that the list of qualified, willing substitutes will be exhausted, emergency substitute certification may be sought from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for persons not fully qualified for a teaching or substitute certificate. Substitutes holding emergency certification may only be assigned work when the list of fully-qualified substitutes is exhausted.
The board authorizes the employment of a classified substitute in the absence of a classified staff member based on need determined by the building/program. A classified substitute employee’s eligibility to purchase retirement service credit will be determined according to RCW 41.35 and retirement system rules. Substitute classified employee means a classified employee who is employed by the district exclusively as a substitute for an absent employee. The superintendent is authorized to establish procedures relating to the use of substitute classified staff.
Return to work rules for
Cross References: Board Policy 1610 Conflicts of Interest
Board Policy 5612 Temporary Administrators
Legal References: RCW 28A.330.240 Employment Contracts
RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging employees — Leaves for employees — Seniority and leave benefits, retention upon between schools
RCW 28A.405.900 Certain certificated employees exempt from chapter provisions
RCW 28A.410.010 Certification — Duty of professional educator standards board — Rules — Record check — Lapsed certificates — Superintendent of Public Instruction as administrator
RCW 41.32.570 Postretirement employment — Suspension of pension payments —
RCW 42.23.030(9) Interest in contracts prohibited — Exceptions
Management Rsources: Policy News, June 2008 Substitute Employment
Policy News, August 2001 Legislature Authorizes “Retire-Rehire”
Adopted: April 27, 2009