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Atascadero USD |  AR  4121  Personnel

Temporary/Substitute Personnel   

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Any candidate recommended by the Superintendent or designee for a substitute or temporary position requiring certification qualifications shall possess the appropriate credential or permit authorizing his/her employment in such positions and shall meet all other requirements of law for certificated positions.

(cf. 4111.2/4211.2/4311.2 - Legal Status Requirement)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.3/4212.3/4312.3 - Oath or Affirmation)

(cf. 4112.4/4212.4/4312.4 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 4112.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

The district shall not initially hire a certificated person on a substitute or temporary basis in a capacity designated in his/her credential unless he/she has demonstrated basic skills proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics pursuant to Education Code 44252.5, unless exempted by law. (Education Code 44830)

Qualifications for Special Education

A person holding a valid credential authorizing substitute teaching may serve as a substitute for a special education teacher for a period not to exceed 20 school days unless, upon application by the district, a 20-day extension is approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In extraordinary circumstances the district may seek an extension longer than 20 days. (Education Code 56061)

In placing substitute teachers in special education classrooms, the district shall give first priority to substitute teachers with the appropriate special education credential and second priority to substitute teachers with any other special education credential. If no substitute with a special education credential is available, the district shall use a substitute teacher with a regular teaching credential. (Education Code 56062)

The Superintendent or designee shall recruit and maintain lists of appropriately credentialed substitute teachers. He/she shall contact institutes of higher education with approved special education programs for possible recommendations of appropriately credentialed special education personnel. (Education Code 56063)


At the time of initial employment during each school year, each new temporary employee shall receive a written statement indicating his/her employment status and salary. This statement shall clearly indicate the temporary nature of the employment and the length of time for which the person is being employed. (Education Code 44916)

(cf. 4112.9/4212.9/4312.9 - Employee Notifications)

Time of initial employment means before the employee starts work. (Kavanaugh v. West Sonoma County Union High School District)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify all substitute and part-time certificated employees, within 30 days of the hire, of their right to elect membership in a defined benefit program under a qualified retirement plan. The employee shall sign a form provided by the system to acknowledge receipt of this notice and to indicate whether he/she elects or declines membership. Election of membership shall be irrevocable for all future employment to perform creditable service (Education Code 22455.5, 22515)


A person who holds an emergency 30-day substitute permit, emergency career substitute permit, emergency substitute permit for prospective teachers, or emergency substitute permit for career technical education shall be restricted in the number of days he/she may substitute for any one teacher in accordance with 5 CCR 80025-80025.5.


approved: May 2, 2000 Atascadero, California

revised: October 10, 2002

revised: February 19, 2013