Office of Personnel
Temporary Services

FAQS
FOR LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

  1. How are long-term substitute assignments filled?
    Candidates for long-term substitute teacher assignments may be identified by schools, subject area offices, the Office of Temporary Services, and/or assigned personnel hiring officers.  However, school principals determine the long-term assignment needs and are responsible for the interview and selection of the candidate. All long-term substitute teachers candidates must meet the substitute teacher qualifications to be eligible.
  2. Are all substitute teachers in long-term assignments highly qualified?
    Long-term substitute teachers are not required to be highly qualified; however, it is the goal of BCPS to place the most qualified long-term substitute teacher in the assignment. Two components of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 establish teacher quality requirements for the teacher of record (person responsible for the academic grade) for core academic subjects and the parents’ right to know of the teachers qualifications.  Schools supported by Title I funds must provide notification to parents about the long-term substitute teacher’s certification and/or degree status if the substitute remains in the assignment for four weeks or more.
  3. What is the rate of pay for a long-term substitute teacher assignment?                                                                           
    The rate of pay is determined by the substitute teacher’s degree status reflected in his/her profile.  Effective January 21, 2010, if a substitute teacher is non-degreed the rate is $84.58.  If the substitute teacher is degreed, the rate is $114.78. Substitutes are paid the daily rate until long-term status is achieved.  The long-term substitute teacher will receive the difference in pay between the daily rate and long-term rate retroactive from the first day of the assignment.
  4. When is an assignment considered a long-term assignment?
    A long-term assignment is any one assignment that lasts 10 days or longer for the same teacher. Consistent with the teacher’s schedule, the assignment may be 10 days consecutively or a few days a week for several weeks.  A substitute in a long-term assignment may be responsible for all of the absent teacher’s duties and is considered the teacher of record for the class.
  5. What happens if a substitute teacher accepts a long-term assignment but is absent before working 10 days?
    Any absence before completing the 10 days of the assignment, without prior notification and approval from the principal at the time the assignment was offered and accepted, will be considered a break in service.  The assignment start date will be adjusted to reflect the day the substitute teacher returns to the assignment.  Long-term status will be granted 10 work days from the adjusted start date.
  6. Are long-term substitutes paid for holidays?               
    Once long-term status has been granted, long-term substitute teachers will receive pay for all holidays recognized by the Baltimore County Board of Education if theywerein pay status in the same assignment before and after the holiday.  The following holidays are recognized by the Board of Education of Baltimore County: Independence Day; Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day; Day following Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s eve, New Year’s Day, Marin Luther King, Jr. ’s Birthday; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Memorial Day; Election Days  (Baltimore County).  
  7. Are long-term substitutes paid for their absences?
    Once long-term status has been granted, long-term substitute teachers will earn ½ day of personal sick time for every 10 days in the assignment.  Personal sick time will be tracked manually by the school’s SFE operator.  Personal sick time accumulated is available only for the assignment in which it was earned.  Any other type of absence is unpaid.
  8. Should long-term substitutes report to work on professional study days?
    Unless directed by the principal not to report, long-term substitute teachers should report for work on professional study days. 
  9. Are long-term substitutes paid for snow days?                                                           
    Long-term substitute teachers are not to report to work when schools are closed due to emergency conditions or inclement weather.  Long-term substitute teachers will be paid when schools close due to emergency conditions or inclement weather.  In case of delayed openings or early dismissals, long-term substitute teachers need to adjust their schedule accordingly.
  10. What happens if a long-term substitute is being paid at the non-degreed rate for a long-term assignment and provides proof of a college degree to the Office of Temporary Services?
    After the Office of Temporary Services receives proof of a degree from an accredited four year college, the substitute teacher’s profile will be updated to reflect the new pay rate.  The rate effective date will be the degree conferred date or the long-term assignment start date, whichever date is most recent.  The difference in pay rate will be paid retroactively from the effective date.  The effective date for retroactive pay will not exceed the current calendar year.
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