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WELCOME

NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

HANDBOOK 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

September 2008

 
 
 
 

 

BECOMING A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER 
 

In order to become a substitute teacher in the Nazareth Area School District, the applicant must provide the Human Resource Office with the documents described below before the school board can consider them for employment. Most forms are available on our website (www.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us), or you can pick up from Human Resources, District Office, or by phone at 610-759-1170, ext. 1124. 

  • Application for Substitute Teaching

    Must include current references and release to contact. 

  • Professional Teaching Certificate

    (We will make a copy of your original for our records.) 

  • Request for Criminal Record Check (PA State Police)

    Please bring the original of this document to Human Resources so that we can make a copy of it for our records, as required by law.  (Must be current within one year) 

  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance

    Please bring the original of this document to Human Resources so that we can make a copy of it for our records, as required by law.   (Must be current within one year) 

    • FBI Background Check

      Required for ALL EMPLOYEES, hired on or after April 1, 2007.  If hired PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 2007, ONLY required if you have not been a PA resident at least two (2) years immediately preceding the date of application for employment.  Please bring the original to Human Resources, so that we can make a copy for our records, as required by law.  (Must be current within one year) 

    • Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)

      Please bring one document from List A or one document from List B and one from List C, so that we can verify your employment eligibility.  (Please refer to list on back of this sheet.) 

      • Original Social Security Card
      • School Personnel Health Record 

        State law requires that all employees provide the district with evidence of a medical examination and a current tuberculosis status report, current within one year.  (We will make a copy of your original for our records.) 

        Upon review of these documents, Human Resources may recommend to the school board that the applicant be added to the approved list of district substitutes.  When approved, you will be eligible to substitute in our district.  We ask that the Human Resources' office be notified immediately if you are no longer available to substitute. 

        Each summer the substitutes (not including emergency substitutes) on the board-approved list will be contacted to see if they are interested in continuing their service for the following school year.  If so, they will be automatically approved with no need to repeat the application process. 
         

              

        NAZARETH AREA

        SCHOOL DISTRICT

         

         

                        

        www.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us

         

         

         

         

        COMMUNITY ________________________________________

              Nazareth Area School District is situated near the eastern border of Pennsylvania in Northampton County.  It is immediately north and west of the cities of Bethlehem and Easton, containing some of the most picturesque countryside in Pennsylvania.  It is a blend of communities including the townships of Bushkill, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, and the boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown and Tatamy.

               Nazareth is the home of The Martin Guitar Company, and is the home town of the world famous Andretti racing family.

              Presently there are approximately 26,104 residents of the school district with expected increases in the townships of Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, and Bushkill, and the Borough of Stockertown, due to new housing contstruction. 

        FACULTY AND STAFF ______________________________       The Nazareth Area School District staff follows the district mission to: Focus on Learning, Build Character, and Shape the Future.  The dedicated staff consists of approximately 547 employees, of which 329 are instructional staff. 

        BUDGET_________________________________________________________

              The 2005-2006 budget totals $49,510,862.00  This amount includes allocations to the Northampton Community College, the Career Institute of Technology, and the Colonial

        Intermediate Unit for programs and services available to residents.  School tax revenue is provided through real estate transfer tax (1%), occupation assessment tax millage (300), earned income tax (1%), and a real estate tax at 38.88 mills of assessed value. 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

        ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS_____________________________ 

         Nazareth Area School District has three elementary schools.  Total enrollment is approximately  1,862.  Class sizes average  21 students.  The elementary schools include grades Kindergarten through 5.  They are located in the Townships of Bushkill and Lower Nazareth, and the Borough of Nazareth.  
         
         

        MIDDLE SCHOOL________________________________________

         

                     The Nazareth Area Middle School is       located on Tatamy          Road in Upper Nazareth Township.  The middle school serves students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  Enrollment is   approximately 1,169 students. 
         
         

        HIGH SCHOOL____________________________________________ 

                The Nazareth Area High School is

        located in the

        Borough of

        Nazareth.  The High

        School serves

        students from 9th to 12th grades.  Enrollment is approximately 1,605 students. 

         

        DISTRICT LOCATIONS 
         

                Human Resources

                District Office

                One Education Plaza

                Nazareth, PA  18064

                lsimmons@nazarethasd.org

                610-759-1170, ext. 1124 
                 

        Nazareth Area High School   

                Mr. Alan Davis, Principal

                501 E. Center Street

                Nazareth, PA  18064

                adavis@nazarethasd.org

                610-759-1730 
                 

        Nazareth Area Middle School  

                Mr. Robert Kern, Principal

                355 Tatamy Road

                Nazareth, PA  18064

                rkern@nazarethasd.org

                610-759-3350 
                 

                Bushkill Elementary School

                        Mr. Joseph Yanek, Principal  

                        960 Bushkill Center Road

                        Nazareth, PA  18064

                        jyanek@nazarethasd.org

                        610-759-1118 
                         

                Lower Nazareth Elementary School

                        Mr. Michael Santos, Principal  

                        4422 Newburg Road

                        Nazareth, PA  18064

                        msantos@nazarethasd.org

                        610-759-7311 
                         

                Floyd R. Shafer Elementary School

                        Mr. William Mudlock, Principal

                        49 S. Liberty Street

                        Nazareth, PA  18064

                        wmudlock@nazarethasd.org

                        610-759-5228 

                        NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                        "CONTACT" DIRECTORY

                         

                                                                              EXT.

                                Superintendent's Office   1111 

                                Assistant Superintendent's Office 1112 or 1119 

                                Business Office:

                                      General    1113

                                      Payroll    1116

                                      Benefits    1000

                                         Including Dental, Life,

                                         Medical

                                      Tax Office    1117

                                      Accounts Payable   1118

                                      Worker's Compensation  1000 

                                      Pension    1116

                                      403B / 401K    1116 

                                Human Resources   1124 

                                Transportation    1132 

                                Central Registration   1140 

                                Curriculum Supervisor   1134 

                                Pupil Services    1114 

                                Special Ed / Alternative Ed  1115 

                                Food Services    1711 

                                Educational Technology  1136 

                                Informational Technology  1120 

                                Custodial / Maintenance  1702 

                                Athletics     2502 

                                School Office Extensions: 

                                    Nazareth Area High School  2301 

                                 Nazareth Area Middle School 3001 

                                 Bushkill Elementary   5002 

                                 Lower Nazareth Elementary 6000 

                                 Shafer Elementary   4200 
                               

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                               

                              Lower Nazareth Elementary School

                              Nazareth Area Middle School

                              5

                              4

                              3

                              2

                              1

                              Nazareth Area High School

                              Shafer Elementary School

                              Bushkill Elementary School

                              3

                              2

                              4

                              1

                              5

                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to North Campus (District Offices)

                              One Education Plaza – Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-1170 

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Highway #191 South (Stockertown Exit)

                                    At end of exit, turn right toward Nazareth

                                    Stay on #191 and drive about 2-3 miles into town

                                    Follow #191 around curve (at 7-11 convenience store) and up hill to Center Street

                                    (Nazareth Memorial Library will be on your right)

                                    Turn left at Center Street

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north).

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut & Nazareth Diner)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Follow #33 North to Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn left on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from **  

                              **Follow East Center Street to the end

                                 Nazareth Area High School will be on your left side

                                 Go left and through the parking lot, which bears to the left and behind the high school building.

                                 At the end of this parking area, you will see the building — District Office

                                 Enter through the front doors and proceed down the hallway.

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to Bushkill Elementary School

                              960 Bushkill Center Road

                              Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-1118

                              Web Site:  http://be.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us 

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn right on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth Area School District 

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Follow #33 North to Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn left on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad

                                    Follow directions below from **  

                              **Follow North Broad Street approximately 3 � -4 miles

                                    (North Broad Street turns into Broad Street Extension and

                                      then into Bushkill Center Road)

                                    You will see Bushkill Elementary School on the right side of the road. 

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to Lower Nazareth Elementary School

                              4422 Newburg Road

                              Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-7311

                              Web Site:  http://lne.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us 
                               
                               

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Route #22 West exit

                                    Follow Highway #22 to the Highway #191 North exit

                                    Go right at the end of the exit

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north).

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Take Route #611 to Highway #22 West

                                    Or - Turnpike Extension to Allentown Exit, then take #22 East exit.

                                    Travel to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit, turn right (north).

                                    Follow directions below from **  
                               

                              **Go approximately 2 miles to stoplight intersecting with the Newburg Inn and the

                                     Lafayette Bank.

                                    Turn left at intersection.

                                    Go approximately � mile and you will see the Lower Nazareth Elementary

                                        School on the right. 
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to Shafer Elementary School

                              49 South Liberty Street

                              Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-5228

                              Web Site:  http://se.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us 

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Highway #191 South (Stockertown Exit)

                                    At end of exit, turn right toward Nazareth

                                    Stay on #191 and drive about 2-3 miles into town

                                    Follow #191 around curve (at 7-11 convenience store) and up hill to Center Street

                                    (Nazareth Memorial Library will be on your right)

                                    Turn left at Center Street

                                    Proceed to second stop sign at South Liberty Street and turn right

                                    The entrance to Shafer Elementary School will be on your left 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of exit, turn right toward Nazareth (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of exit, turn right toward Nazareth (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut & Nazareth Diner)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Follow #33 North to Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn left on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from **  

                              **At third stop sign, turn right on South Liberty Street.

                                    The entrance to Shafer Elementary School will be on your left. 
                               

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to Nazareth Area Middle School

                              355 Tatamy Road

                              Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-3350

                              Web Site:  http://ms.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us 

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Highway #191 (Stockertown Exit)

                                    Turn right (East) toward Nazareth

                                    Stay on #191 and drive about 2-3 miles into town

                                    Follow #191 around curve (at 7-11 convenience store) and up hill to Center Street

                                    At stop sign, turn right and proceed 2 blocks to Broad Street.

                                    Turn left.  After passing 1 stop light, at next intersection,

                                       turn left onto Walnut Street (it is not well marked, so watch carefully)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north).

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    Follow this street approximately 4 blocks to Walnut Street

                                    (You will pass South Street, Park Street, and Prospect Street - Walnut is next; however,

                                       it is not well marked, so watch carefully)

                                    Turn right onto Walnut Street

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut & Nazareth Diner)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    Follow this street approximately 4 blocks to Walnut Street

                                    (You will pass South Street, Park Street, and Prospect Street - Walnut is next; however,

                                       it is not well marked, so watch carefully)

                                    Turn right onto Walnut Street

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Follow #33 North to Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn left on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    Follow this street approximately 4 blocks to Walnut Street

                                    (You will pass South Street, Park Street, and Prospect Street - Walnut is next; however,

                                       it is not well marked, so watch carefully)

                                    Turn right onto Walnut Street

                                    Follow directions below from **  

                              **Once on Walnut Street, proceed to stop sign

                                    Continue across intersection

                                    (Walnut Street turns into Tatamy Road)

                                    Travel on Tatamy Road approximately 1 mile

                                    The Nazareth Area Middle School is on the left side of the road. 

                              NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                              Directions to Nazareth Area High School

                              501 East Center Street

                              Nazareth, PA  18064

                              610-759-1730

                              Web Site:  http://hs.nazarethasd.k12.pa.us 
                               

                              FROM THE NORTH —

                                    Follow Highway #33 South to the Highway #191 (Stockertown Exit)

                                    At end of exit, turn right toward Nazareth

                                    Stay on #191 and drive about 2-3 miles into town

                                    Follow #191 around curve (at 7-11 convenience store) and up hill to Center Street

                                    (Nazareth Memorial Library will be on your right)

                                    Turn left at Center Street

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE WEST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 East to the Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north).

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE EAST —

                                    Follow Highway #22 West to Highway #191 Exit

                                    At end of Exit turn right (north)

                                    Drive about 3 � to 4 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the fifth traffic light from #22, turn right (gas station/mini-mart on your right)

                                    At the second traffic light, turn left (at Pizza Hut & Nazareth Diner)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from ** 

                              FROM THE SOUTH —

                                    Follow #33 North to Highway #248 Exit

                                    Turn left on Highway #248 toward Nazareth

                                    Drive about 2 miles into Nazareth

                                    At the first traffic light after the cement plant, turn right (at Nazareth Diner & Pizza Hut)

                                    This is South Broad Street

                                    After the turn, drive north on South Broad to Center Street

                                    Turn right at Center Street (at second traffic light, at gas station)

                                    Follow directions below from **  

                              **Follow East Center Street to the end

                                 The Nazareth Area High School will be on your left side 
                               

                               
                               
                               
                               
                              The Professional
                              Substitute Teacher

                              at Nazareth Area School District

                                    Thousands of surveys, questionnaires, and interviews, show that permanent teachers, school administrators, and district personnel unanimously praise and value substitute teachers who are professional in dress, attitude, and presentation. 

                                    Being a professional substitute teacher is a full-time job.  It involves many aspects of attitude and conduct.  These aspects have been organized into the following five time frames: 

                              1. At Home
                              1. Prior to Entering the Classroom 
                              1. In the Classroom Before School 
                              1. Throughout the Day 
                              1. At the End of Day 

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                                    The Professional Substitute Teacher 

                               

                              At Home

                               

                                      There are a number of things you can do at home before you every get that early morning call to substitute teach. 

                              • Prepare a set of note cards, one for each school where you may be called to teach.  On each card, list the name of the school, principal, secretary, school phone numbers, start time, address, driving directions, and the appropriate time it will take to travel from your house to this location.
                              • Place a notebook and pencil by the phone you will be using to answer early morning calls.  You may even want to note a couple of pertinent questions to ask when the call comes, such as, "What is the name and grade level of the teacher I will be substituting for?" 
                              • Assemble a SubPack filled with teaching supplies and activity ideas for the grade levels you teach. 
                               

                              Appropriate Attire Guidelines for

                              Men and Women 
                               

                                    Women: Avoid uncomfortable shoes and clothing.  Select

                                                outfits in which you can bend down, stoop over,

                                                and write on chalkboards with ease. 

                                    Men:  Consider wearing a shirt and tie.  You can always

                                                remove the tie, undo the neck button, and roll

                                                up your sleeves if you find yourself "over-dressed"

                                                for the assignment. 

                                          As a general rule, jeans, T-shirts, sandals, and other

                                    casual clothing are not considered professional or

                                    appropriate for the classroom setting.  You should always

                                    dress at least as professionally as your permanent teacher 

                                    counterpart. 

                               

                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              • Be sure to select comfortable shoes, since as an effective substitute teacher you will be on your feet all day.  Have several different outfits ready so that you are prepared to dress appropriately for different grade levels and subject assignments. 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                              • Research shows that teachers who dress professionally command more respect in the classroom than those who dress casually or inappropriately.  Gain the respect you deserve by the way you dress. 
                               

                                NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                F.A.Q.

                                (Frequently Asked Questions) 
                                 

                                How am I notified? 

                                      Nazareth ASD utilizes a person to person call system to schedule our substitutes.               Ms. Rosemary Smith is a district employee whose primary duties are fulfilling the substitute needs in each of our five buildings.  As she learns of vacancies, either emergent or planned, she calls the most suitable subs from our roster of certified teachers, emergency certified substitutes, associate teachers, school nurses, associate nurses, etc.   

                                What hours should I tend to my phone and messages? 

                                  Ms. Smith typically calls substitutes between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30 PM  and 5:45 to

                                7:45 AM on school mornings.  Her phone number is 610-759-2437.  It is essential that she have the appropriate number to reach you during these peak hours.

                                      You may have the opportunity to book days in advance for teachers who are on personal or professional development days.  Otherwise, for unplanned absences, your call in the morning may afford you limited time to “ be up and out”.  Planning ahead and early rising will help your schedule and reliability.   

                                My certification is for Secondary Science….what else can I teach as a substitute? 

                                   The State of PA allows you to substitute for up to 15 consecutive days in an area for which you are not certified.  This crosses grades and subjects….so an elementary certified person can teach at the secondary level in any subject.  A secondary certified person ( in Science, for example) may teach any subject at that level---or substitute teach in the elementary levels. 

                                What will I expect to be paid as a sub at NASD? 

                                      NOTE:  The first time you substitute, the Building Secretary will give you payroll paperwork that needs to be filled out IMMEDIATELY and turned into the Payroll Department, Business Office, in the District Office.  You will also need to show them your Driver’s License and Social Security card.  Without this – you can not be paid.

                                      The following are the current substitute teacher pay rates:

                                            $90.00 per day (for days 1-20)

                                            $100.00 per day (for days 21 and thereafter) 

                                      Once substitutes have reached the $100 level, they remain there, even into the following year, as long as their employment remains continuous (subbing at least one day per year).

                                      Substitutes will receive full pay for unplanned late starts and early dismissals.

                                      The following guidelines are used to calculate pay for substitute teachers when they work a partial day due to planned early dismissal (in-service days, illness, etc.)

                                  � day  =   up to 1 hour  52 minutes

                                  � day  =  up to 3 hours 45 minutes

                                  � day  =  up to 5 hours 37 minutes

                                Example:  Early dismissal due to in-service — arrived 7:30 A.M. — dismissed 11:42 A.M.

                                Worked 4 hours, 12 minutes  =  � day on Payroll Data Sheet

                              Prior to Entering the Classroom
                              • Arrive at the school enthusiastic about the day, while serious about your role.  If possible, arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  Report to the principal or office to let them know you have arrived, and ask pertinent questions: 

                                  Will I be responsible for playground, lunch, or other duties?

                                  Do any of the students have medical problems I should be aware of?

                                  If the need arises, how do I refer a student to the office?

                                  How do I report students who are tardy or absent? 

                                • Obtain any file, handbook, keys that might be necessary.
                                • Find the locations of restrooms, the faculty room, the cafeteria, the auditorium, the library, and the nearest drinking fountain before school begins. 
                                • Meet neighboring teachers. 

                                 

                                  In the Classroom Before School

                                • Enter the classroom with confidence and your SubPack.  Put your name on the board, then familiarize yourself with the room.  Locate and review the classroom rules and evacuation map. 
                                • Read through the lesson plans left by the permanent teacher and identify books, handouts, and papers that will be needed throughout the day.  Study the classroom seating chart.  If you can't find a seating chart, get ready to make your own. 
                                • When the bell rings, stand in the doorway and greet students as they enter the classroom. Be professional, friendly, and enthusiastic about the day.  This first impression will take you a long way. 

                                 

                                  Throughout the Day

                                • Do your best to follow the lesson plans and carry out the assigned duties left by the regular classroom teacher.  Over 75 percent of permanent teachers report that they spend over an hour preparing lesson plans and materials for substitute teachers.  Having invested both time and energy into these plans, teachers feel very strongly about having them carried out. 
                                 
                                 

                                   
                                   

                                • Remind students of homework.  Writing homework assignments on the board throughout the day will help both you and the students remember.
                                • Have students straighten and cleanup the area around their desks. 
                                 

                                Lesson

                                Plan

                                On the other hand, you may enter a classroom where you are unable to locate the lesson plans or necessary materials.  In such a case, act quickly, calmly, and confidently.  By utilizing materials and ideas in your SubPack, you will still have a productive day.
                                • Whatever situation or challenge you are faced with, always strive to be positive and respectful.  Teachers care about the students in their class.  They know each student's strengths and weaknesses, and want to see these handled appropriately.  They expect the substitute teacher to appreciate the good in their students and bring out the best in them. 
                                • Regular teachers urge substitute teachers to be aware of how small things, like using a normal voice, giving praise, and having a positive attitude, can affect students.  Students resent teachers who talk down to them, make promises or threats they don't intend to keep, and are not fair in administering rewards and consequences.  Treating students as individuals is important.  Don't blame the whole class or punish the group for the misdeeds of a few. 
                                • When a substitute teacher uses good judgment, avoids criticism, and adapts to circumstances in a positive way, she/he becomes a professional role model for both the students in the class and other teachers. 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                Advice from School Nurses

                                For Substitute Teachers 
                                 
                                 

                                1. Check your teacher substitute folder for the telephone extension of the nurse in your buildings.
                                1. Check your teacher substitute folder for the location of protective gloves and bandaids, should you need them.  Contact the nurse for the replacement of gloves and bandaids.  (Do not touch any body fluids without gloves.) 
                                   
                                1. Send student to the nurse's office: 
                                   
                                  1. For any medication issue. 
                                  1. For any bleeding or injury.  For paper cuts, have the student wash his/her hands and apply a bandaid. 
                                  1. To contact a parent regarding illness. 
                                1. Encourage students to wash their hands before meals and when using the restrooms to reduce exposure to germs. 
                                   
                                1. Prevention is the best antidote for medical emergencies.  Always stay with the students.  Contact another adult if you need to leave the students at any time.  If you have recess duty, walk around the playground and be proactive about potentially dangerous behavior.  Remember, you are the adult in charge. 
                                   
                                 
                                 

                                  
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 

                                NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                School Health Services 
                                 

                                LATEX ALLERGY GUIDELINES 

                                Statement 

                                The purpose of the Latex Allergy Guidelines are to provide a latex-safe environment for students who have been identified as having a latex allergy or have been medically advised to avoid latex.

                               

                                Goals

                               

                                 1. Establishment of guidelines for students with a latex allergy.

                                 2. Reduction of students latex exposure.

                                 3. Provision of latex allergy education to staff.

                               

                                Procedure

                               

                              1. Reduction of Latex Exposure
                              (There is no treatment for latex allergy except the complete avoidance of natural rubber latex)
                              1. No Latex balloons allowed in any school
                              (If latex balloons are found, they are to be taken outside and then broken)
                              1. Gloves

                                     Vinyl gloves or Nitrile gloves are to be used. 
                                 

                                B.  School nurses will provide in-service for employees every year regarding Latex Allergy Guidelines.  
                                 

                                 

                                 
                                 

                                        Legal Aspects of the Job 

                                       An overall consideration when substitute teaching is your legal responsibility in the classroom and school.  The following are some legal responsibilities you should be aware of.  An understanding of these responsibilities requires some questioning on your part as to specific school/ district policies. 

                                  • Supervision Of Students — The substitute teacher who has physical control of a classroom has a duty to keep students safe and orderly.  In Pennsylvania, a teacher acts in loco parentis—in the place of a parent—and is allowed to use his/her judgment in a manner similar to a parent.  The standard is the reasonable use of professional judgment for the safety and orderly education of students.
                                  • Due Care And Caution — A teacher is required to exercise due care and caution for the safety of the students in his/her charge.  Essentially, this means acting reasonably and with safety in mind, being able to explain circumstances and your actions, and following school safety policies and procedures. 
                                  • Release of Students — Due to possible restraints on who may have custody of a child, students should not be allowed to leave the building during the school day without express consent from the office. 
                                  • Administering Medication — Medication should only be administered by the school nurse or other appropriate health personnel, not the classroom or substitute teacher.  If you know of medication requirements of a student, the school health professional should be notified. 
                                  • Confidentiality — It is unprofessional and against the law in many states to disclose confidential information about your students.  Generally, a substitute teacher should avoid comments about individual students that convey private information (e.g., grades, medical condition, learning or discipline problems, etc.) 
                                  • Anecdotal Records — Maintaining notes on particular incidents in the classroom can protect you in problematic situations.  If you feel that a classroom occurrence might be questioned, note the date and time, the individuals involved, the choices for action considered, and the actions taken.  Attach these notes to your substitute teacher report (Attachment A). 
                                   

                                     

                                    • Discipline Policies — In the event negative behavior is evident or escalating, referring students to the building principal is sound advice.  When sending a student to the principal due to discipline matters, the substitute teacher maintains the duties of supervision and due care for both the individual child and the remainder of the class.  Proper action may require your sound judgment.  Possible actions include sending another child to bring someone from the office to intervene, or having another teacher watch your class while you take the child to the office.
                                    • Dangerous Situations — A substitute teacher is responsible for making sure the learning environment is safe.  This includes things such as the arrangement of desks so as not to block exits and proper supervision during the use of potentially dangerous classroom equipment.  A teacher must also consider the potential for problems in certain kinds of classes.  Planned activities in a physical education, science, shop, or home economics class may be challenging.  Professional judgment is imperative.  In situations outside your comfort zone, you may choose to do an alternate activity.   

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    Remember 
                                     

                                    Never

                                    leave your students 
                                     
                                    unsupervised.

                                     
                                          At the End of the Day 

                                                  Being a professional is just as important at the end of the day as it is at the beginning.  What you do just before the school day ends will be the impression students take home with them.  How you leave the classroom will be the first impression the permanent teacher has of you when she/he returns.

                                     

                                      Before the Students Leave

                                     

                                           There are several things you should do during the last few minutes of class,

                                        before the students leave: 

                                      • If the teacher has classroom sets (calculators, scissors, books, etc.), make sure they are all returned before the students leave the room.  It is much easier to locate a missing calculator in a class of 30 than trying to find it somewhere in the whole school.
                                      • Challenge students to recall, and list on the board, projects and topics they have studied that day.  (Now they will have a positive answer when parents ask what they did in school, instead of the traditional, "Nothing, we had a substitute teacher.") 
                                     
                                     

                                        After the Students Have Left? 

                                    After the students have gone, take a few minutes to complete your professional duties as a substitute teacher.  Fill out a Substitute Teacher Report, or one provided by the school office, for the regular teacher (Attachment A).  Write a detailed summary of what was accomplished throughout the day, along with any problems that arose and notes about things that went well, or students that were particularly helpful.
                                      • If, for any reason, you were unable to carry out the plans left by the regular teacher, make sure you explain why you were unable to carry them out and what you did instead.  Leave your name, phone number, and an invitation for the regular teacher to contact you if they have any questions, or to request you as their substitute teacher again in the future.
                                      • Leave the teacher's desk and assignments completed by students neatly organized.  Close windows, turn off lights and equipment, and double check to make sure the room is in good order before you lock the door and head for the office.  At the office, return keys, hand in any money collected, express appreciation for assistance provided, and check to see if you will be needed again the next day.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    In Conclusion

                                     
                                     
                                     

                                          Teachers have high expectations of others who come into their classroom.  You can become a professional that meets and exceeds these expectations.  Nazareth asks teachers to provide feedback to us regarding our substitute program.  (See Attachment B.) Each teacher relies heavily on the results and information you deliver.  The attached sample demonstrates the cursory overview.  Always remember that you are a valued and important part of the educational system.  Never diminish your role as a substitute teacher.  Teachers appreciate having a person come into their classroom who is caring and capable.  By being prepared, poised, and professional, you will greatly reduce the stress on the teacher, students, and yourself. 
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     

                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     

                                    Behavior Management Notes 
                                     

                                    Principles of Human Behavior 

                                          Behavior is largely a product of its immediate environment. 

                                          Behavior is strengthened or weakened by its consequences. 

                                          Behavior ultimately responds better to positive than to negative

                                          consequences. 

                                          Whether a behavior has been punished or reinforced is known

                                          only by the course of that behavior in the future. 
                                     

                                    Five Skills for Effective Behavior Management 

                                    1. The ability to get and keep students on-task.
                                    1. The ability to maintain a high rate of positive teacher-to-student interactions and risk-free student response opportunities. 
                                    1. The ability to teach expectations. 
                                    1. The ability to respond noncoercively to inappropriate behavior that is consequential. 
                                    1. The ability to avoid being trapped. 

                                        — The Criticism Trap

                                        — The Common Sense Trap

                                        — The Questioning Trap

                                        — The Sarcasm Trap

                                        — The Despair and Pleading Trap

                                        — The Threat Trap

                                    The Physical and Verbal Force Trap 

                                     
                                     
                                     

                                    Advice from Students 

                                    • Trust us.
                                    • Be fair to everyone.
                                    • Punish only the troublemakers.
                                    • Make learning fun.
                                    • Give us our assignment and let us go to work.
                                    • Allow study time in class.
                                    • Show concern and be willing to help with assignments.
                                    • If I raise my hand, do not ignore me. 
                                    • You can be both strict and nice.
                                    • Do not shout.
                                    • Be straightforward with us.
                                    • Be organized.
                                    • Speak quietly and be patient.
                                    • Give us something to work toward.
                                    • Leave your personal life at home.
                                    • Think positively of every student.
                                    • Speak clearly.
                                    • Be reasonable in your expectations.
                                    • Have a sense of humor.
                                    • Follow through with promises and consequences.

                                     

                                     
                                     

                                      Nazareth Area School District

                                    Attachment A-1

                                    Substitute Teacher Report 

                                      Substitute Teacher:__________________ Date:______________________ 

                                      Phone Number:_____________________ Grade:_____________________ 

                                      Submitted for:______________________ School:_____________________ 
                                       

                                       
                                      Lesson
                                       
                                      Notes about lessons
                                       
                                      Notes about students
                                       
                                        1
                                         
                                       
                                        2
                                         
                                       
                                        3
                                         
                                       
                                        4
                                         
                                       
                                        5
                                         
                                       
                                        6
                                         
                                       
                                        7
                                         
                                       
                                        8
                                         
                                       
                                        9
                                         
                                    Messages for the permanent teacher: 

                                    RETURN TO SCHOOL OFFICE FOR ENVELOPE AND PLACEMENT IN REGULAR TEACHER'S MAILBOX.

                                     

                                    Attachment A-2

                                    Nazareth Area School District

                                      Substitute Teacher Report 
                                       

                                      Substitute Teacher:__________________ Date:______________________ 

                                      Phone Number:_____________________ Grade:_____________________ 

                                      Submitted for:______________________ School:_____________________ 
                                       

                                      Notes regarding lesson plans: 
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       

                                      I also taught: 
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       

                                      Notes regarding behavior: 
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       

                                      Terrific helpers: 
                                       
                                       

                                      Students who were absent: 
                                       
                                       

                                    Messages for the permanent teacher: 
                                     
                                     

                                    RETURN TO SCHOOL OFFICE FOR ENVELOPE AND PLACEMENT IN REGULAR TEACHER'S MAILBOX.

                                     

                                    Attachment B

                                    Nazareth Area School District

                                      Evaluation of Substitute Teacher Form 

                                      Date:  ______________________________ 

                                      Substitute Name: ________________________________________________________ 

                                      Building: _______________________________________________________________ 

                                      Subject: _______________________________________________________________ 

                                      Grade: ________________________________________________________________ 

                                      Classroom Teacher/Professional: ____________________________________________ 

                                      Evaluation Completed By: __________________________________________________ 
                                       

                                      Overall Classroom Management:  Please answer  No  /  Yes  /  N/A 

                                      1. My plans required the substitute to teach a lesson ________________________
                                      1. He/She completed the lessons I had planned ____________________________ 
                                      1. He/She corrected papers as requested _________________________________ 
                                      1. Classroom management techniques were appropriate to this grade 
                                         

                                            Level____________________________________________________________ 

                                      Additional Observed Items:  Please rate from 1 (weak) to 5 (exceptional) 

                                      1. Rapport with students ______________________________________________
                                      1. Care of classroom and materials ______________________________________ 
                                      1. Communication regarding relevant issues to performance and 

                                         Instruction _______________________________________________________ 

                                        Additional Comments: 
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         

                                        Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

                                        Please email this survey to lsimmons@nazarethasd.org or return via interoffice mail to

                                        Human Resources in the District Office. 


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