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Policy 5610

Substitute Employment

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.

C. Maternity or other medical leaves are taken by staff.

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 on, be paid according to the regular salary schedule of certificated staff.

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.

Retired teachers or administrators may work up to one thousand five-hundred (1,500) hours per school year as substitutes without affecting their retirement. After eight hundred sixty-seven (867) hours of employment for a retired employee, the district will be responsible for the employer’s contribution to the state retirement system for that employee for all hours worked in that school year.

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 when a program will be adversely affected by the regular staff member’s absence and when a substitute can perform the duties in a reasonable manner. Such classified substitutes shall be hired into positions ineligible for retirement benefits that correspond to the retirement eligible positions for which substitutes are needed. The superintendent is authorized to establish procedures relating to the use of substitute classified staff.

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 41.32.570 Suspension of pension payments — Service as substitute teacher
RCW 42.23.030(9) Interest in contracts prohibited — Exceptions
WAC 180-79A-231 Limited certificates

Management Resources:
Policy News, August 2001, Legislature Authorizes “Retire-Rehire”



La Center School District Adopted: September 25th, 2007