The Board of Education (Board) recognizes that substitute teachers play a critical role in providing a quality education to students when regular classroom teachers are absent. Establishing a well-qualified and stable substitute teacher pool is integral to fulfilling classroom instruction needs. In addition, equipping substitute teachers with appropriate skills and knowledge to perform their duties and responsibilities satisfactorily are essential to their instruction in the classroom and administering to the educational needs of students.

The Department of Education (Department) shall implement training and professional development programs and services for substitute teachers, and make recommendations relating to compensation and benefits for substitute teachers.

The Department shall establish a working group, the composition of which shall be approved by the Board, to conduct an annual review of issues relating to substitute teachers. The issues shall include, but are not limited to, the areas of training, professional development, compensation, and benefits. A report of the working group, including any findings and recommendations, shall be submitted to the Board no later than September 30 of each year.

Approved: 03/16/06