Substitute teachers – especially college students now on winter break from their classes – are actively sought by Arlington Public Schools.
Other than being a high-school graduate, no educational background is required for a substitute teacher, nor is prior teaching experience.
However, “Many of our substitutes have experience working with children,” said Robert Spiegel, director of human resources, contacted by YourArlington recently.
“We definitely require substitutes to be high school graduates. We would prefer some college and have found current college students on breaks to be good substitutes,” Spiegel said. “Many times they will fill in for teaching assistants. People with a variety of experiences can work as subs.”
Candidates must be fully vaccinated and be able to pass a CORI background check, including being finger-printed. Prospective hires can “send me a copy of their vaccination card by email,” he said.
“We have a [job] application on our website, and I meet with interested candidates. Meetings are usually virtual these days.” For an application, click here >>
As far as fingerprinting, he explained that “Massachusetts has a contracted provider, Identogo, which operates locations throughout the state. Prospective employees have to schedule an appointment with that company” whose website is ma.ibtfingerprint.com/
“We are looking to increase the pay next year,” Spiegel said. “$100 a day [for a substitute teacher] has been the rate for a few years.”
Others familiar with the local school system, including teacher union head Julianna Keyes at the Dec 16 regular School Committee meeting, have also said that subs are needed.
In addition to its immediate need for substitutes, the district as of last week had 34 regular vacancies open in various capacities.
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This news summary by YourArlington freelancer Judith Pfeffer was published Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.
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