Office of Staffing
Temporary Services


  1. What is a long-term substitute assignment?
    A long-term substitute assignment is one assignment that meets the following criteria:
    - Lasts 10 days or longer
    - Must be for the same teacher/ vacancy

    Long term assignments are consistent with the teachers schedule and may be 10 consecutive days, or a few days a week for several weeks. When serving in a long-term assignment the substitute is responsible for all the absent teachers duties and is considered the teacher of record.
  1. How are long-term substitute assignments filled?
    Candidates for long-term substitute teacher assignments may be identified by:
    1. School administrators
    2. Subject area offices
    3. The Office of Temporary Services
    4. 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 teacher candidates must meet the substitute teacher qualifications to be eligible. For information on becoming a substitute teacher please see the Substitute Teacher FAQ and Substitute Teacher Application Instructions.
  1. Are long term assignments filled through Smart Find Express (SFE)?
    No, long term assignments are filled by the school administration in conjunction with the Office of Temporary Services. Once a candidate has been selected, the job information is entered into SFE by the school SFE Operator.

  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 July 1, 2017, if a substitute teacher is non-degreed the long-term rate is $91.00 daily. If the substitute teacher is degreed, the long-term rate is $121.29 daily.

    Substitutes are paid the daily rate of $71.50 (non-degreed) and $91.00 (degreed) 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 or degree date.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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 they were in 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


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