Longview School District


Longview, WA, USA
Substitute Employment Policy 5610

Policy No. 5610




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:

  1. Enrollment uncertainties exist at the beginning of a school year; or
  2. Resignations of regular staff do not allow sufficient time for the district to employ an immediate replacement.

On either of the latter occasions the district will employ a contracted staff person within a reasonable time.

The superintendent will 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 will, 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 eight hundred sixty-seven (867) hours of employment.

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. A classified substitute employee’s eligibility to purchase retirement service credit will be determined according to RCW 41.35 and retirement system rules.  Substitute classified employee means a classified employee who is employed by the district exclusively as a substitute for an absent employee. The superintendent is authorized to establish procedures relating to the use of substitute classified staff.

By October 1 of each year, the District will report to the office of the superintendent of public instruction: 1) The number of substitute teachers hired per school year; 2) the number of substitute teachers hired under the expedited certification process for out-of-state teachers; 3) the full daily compensation rate per substitute teacher; and 4) the reason for hiring the substitute teacher.


Cross References:

1610 Conflicts of Interest 1st Class Districts
1610 Conflicts of Interest 2nd Class Districts
5001 Hiring of Retired School Employees


Legal References:

Chapter 28A.300, RCW Superintendent of Public Instruction
RCW 28A.330.240 Employment Contracts
RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school districts and other educational employers
RCW 28A.405.900 Certain certificated employees exempt from chapter provisions
RCW 28A.410.010 Certification — Duty of professional educator standards board — Rules — Record check — Lapsed certificates — Superintendent of Public Instruction as administrator
RCW 41.32.570 Postretirement employment — Reduction or suspension of pension payments
Chapter 41.35 RCW Washington school employees' retirement system
RCW 42.23.030(9) Interest in contracts prohibited — Exceptions


Management Resources:

2016 July Issue
2011 August Issue
Policy News, June 2008 June 2008 Substitute Employment
Policy News, August 2001 2001 Legislature Authorizes “Retire-Rehire”


Initialy Adoption Date: October 24, 2016