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4121 Substitute Teachers

NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 4121 Northfield, New Jersey Monitored

Mandated Policy X Other Reasons


The Superintendent of Schools shall make provision to employ the services of substitute teachers in order to maintain the effective operation of the educational program.

The Northfield Board of Education shall approve potential substitute personnel and the positions in which they may substitute. Teacher substitutes must have at least a valid substitute teaching credential issued by the executive county superintendent, and preferably hold a degree.

Substitute teachers, as staff of Northfield Board of Education, are held accountable for all staff policies such as Policy 4119.26/4219.26, Staff Dress.

The approval of a substitute teacher prior to Board of Education approval is authorized only when such employment is required to maintain continuity in the education program. Retroactive approval shall be asked from the board at the next regular meeting.

Any substitute teacher shall be entitled only to the wages approved by the board on a per diem basis, and to no other benefits.

Persons employed as aides may not perform as substitutes for professional employees unless they are board-approved substitute teachers.

The Superintendent of Schools shall recruit, screen and recommend to the board candidates for employment as instructional substitutes. He/she shall:

A. Develop procedures for the assignment of substitutes;

B. Develop methods of evaluating substitute teachers and recommend the retention on the board’s approved substitute list of those substitutes who have performed their duties satisfactorily.

A vacant teaching position shall not be filled in any school year by one or more individuals holding a substitute credential issued by the State Board of Education for a total amount of time exceeding 20 school days. The commissioner may grant an extension of up to an additional 20 school days upon written application from the district. The application shall demonstrate the district’s inability to hire an appropriately certified teacher for the vacant position with the original 20-day time limit.

Adopted: March 2, 1998 NJSBA Review/Update: November 2009; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011 Revised: June 25, 2012

Key Words

Substitute Teachers

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1

through -7.5 Criminal history record; employee in regular contact with

students; grounds for disqualification from employment;

exception …

  1. 18A:16-1.1 May appoint temporary officers and employees
  2. 18A:27-4 Power of boards of education to make rules governing

File Code: 4121


employment of teacher, etc.

  1. 18A:27-4.1 Appointment, transfer, removal, or renewal of officers and employees; exceptions
  2. 18A:29-16 Emergency certificates; day-by-day basis substitute
  3. 6A:9-6.5 County substitute credential
  4. 6A:32-6.1 etseq. School Employee Physical Examinations

8 U.S.C.A. 1100 et seq. -Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Sayreville Education Ass’n v. Sayreville Bd. of Ed., App. Div., unreported decision (docket no. A-4899-82T2, decided April 12, 1984)

Lammers v. Bd. of Ed. of Borough of Point Pleasant, Ocean County, S/B (June 5, 1991)


Cross References: *4111 Recruitment, selection and hiring *4112.2 Certification *4112.4 Employee health

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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