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Day-By-Day Substitutes


The DeSoto Parish School Board shall require the compilation of a list of qualified individuals to serve as day-by-day substitute teachers within the school district.  The Superintendent or designee shall prepare the list assuring that all those listed possess appropriate employment criteria, including verification of teachers' qualifications and certification.


Principals or their designated representatives shall call substitute teachers from the approved list in case of absence of a regular teacher.  It shall be the responsibility of the principal and the regular teacher to ensure that the substitute teacher has the necessary instructions and materials to teach effectively, including textbooks, lesson plans, class rolls, schedules and an outline of local school procedures.


Retired teachers may be employed as substitute teachers provided that use of retired teachers as substitutes is in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Teacher's Retirement System of Louisiana and pertinent statutory provisions.


Compensation paid to substitute teachers shall be based upon the degree status of the substitute in accordance with a pay schedule as set by the School Board.


Any school employee whose job does not require a teaching certificate who performs work as a substitute teacher for more than a single class period shall be compensated for that time at the rate of a substitute teacher.  The principal or his/her designee shall authorize the school employee to act as a substitute teacher prior to the employee’s participation in the classroom as a substitute, and shall verify the hours as a substitute teacher for payroll purposes.


Appointed Substitutes


Appointed substitutes are those appointed by the School Board to serve for regular teachers who are on leave granted by the School Board for a semester or academic year.  If certified in the field in which they will be teaching, they may be paid in accordance with the State Minimum Salary Schedule.




The School Board shall require the maintenance of a list of properly qualified and approved substitute personnel eligible to substitute for support personnel absent from work.  Only persons approved by the School Board shall be eligible for employment as substitutes.


Appropriate judgment as to actual need should be exercised before employment of a substitute for support personnel.


Bus Operators


A substitute bus operator may only be used as a temporary resource until a permanent operator can be appointed to a route.  A substitute operator may not drive a route for a period that exceeds the end of the school year during which the operator began driving the route.


A substitute bus operator who accepts a route and then elects not to accept the job, shall lose his/her seniority and be moved to the bottom of the list.


A substitute bus operator shall be paid a daily rate as approved by the School Board, but in no case less than sixty-five percent (65%) of the daily rate of pay being paid the regular bus operator, to be computed by dividing the annual pay of the regular operator by the number of school days in the regularly scheduled session, exclusive of any compensation or mileage allowance for use of a privately owned bus.


Approved:  December, 2003

Revised:  October 4, 2012

Revised:  February 5, 2015



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§11:710, 17:81, 17:419.3, 17:493.1, 17:500, 17:1212, 17:1213, 17:1216, 17:1217

Board minutes, 10-4-12, 2-5-15


DeSoto Parish School Board