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AP 440: Substitute Teachers


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


  1. Substitute teachers are required to fill out Division employment forms providing detailed particulars of a period of substitution. Human Resources will review and approve applications and update the substitute list for dispatch.
  2. Substitute teachers shall be paid in accordance with the prevailing collective agreement between the ATA and the Division. 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.
  3. Division office will prepare and update a list of approved substitutes to make available to principals.
  4. 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. This may include the marking of examinations, the issuing of report cards and the preparation of monthly and annual reports.
  5. Teachers employed as substitutes must conform as closely as possible to the established routine of the school and perform such extra duties as normally devolve upon the absent teacher.
  6. Substitute teachers must be able to meet the Teacher Quality Standards. Reasoned professional judgement must be used to determine whether the TQS is being met.
  7. Files on all substitute teachers will be maintained by the Divisional 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.