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.
- The deployment of substitute teachers within a particular school is the responsibility of the Principal or designate.
- Substitute teachers shall be paid in accordance with the prevailing collective agreement between the ATA and the Division.
- Each year Division Office will prepare and send to the Principals a list of all approved substitute teachers, which will be updated periodically.
- Substitute teachers must be selected from the approved list.
- Substitutes must familiarize themselves with the curriculum for the various grade levels for which they seek employment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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