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Substitute Teachers


In order to provide a continuous, well-directed educational program for students, the Division approves the deployment of the best-available substitute teachers in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. The following procedures govern their deployment and conduct.


  1. The deployment of substitute teachers within a particular school is the responsibility of the Principal or designate.
  2. Substitute teachers shall be paid in accordance with the prevailing collective agreement between the ATA and the Division.
  3. Each year Division Office will prepare and send to the Principals a list of all approved substitute teachers, which will be updated periodically.
  4. Substitute teachers must be selected from the approved list.
  5. Substitutes must familiarize themselves with the curriculum for the various grade levels for which they seek employment. 
  6. Substitutes are expected to fit into the organization of the school when they arrive and to continue the work and activities which they find in progress.
  7. Teachers deployed as substitutes must conform as closely as possible to the established routine of the school and perform such extra duties as normally assigned to the absent teacher.
  8. Although the disciplinary problems faced by substitutes may be more difficult than those encountered by regular teachers, it is expected that substitute teachers will exercise firm control.
  9. Substitute teachers are expected to adhere to the same standards of professional conduct as regular teachers including conforming to the Code of Ethics of the Alberta Teachers' Association.
  10. Substitute teachers are required to fill out forms providing detailed particulars of the period of substitution. The Principal will forward all signed substitute teacher reports to the Division office.
  11. Files on all substitute teachers will be maintained by the Division Office. Substitute teachers are required to file copies of credentials including a current Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS) credential, in the same manner as permanent staff.


Sections 60, 61, 100, 113 School Act

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent


June 2008