If you're considering applying for a substitute teaching position, don't wait for school to be in session to get the process started. In most cases, the application, approval, and training procedures take time, and you will benefit from getting a jump on things in the summer months.
Many people believe schools shut down in the summer. In reality, administration and support staff are still there, working hard to wrap up things from the past year and get things ready for the upcoming one. One of the jobs on their "to-do" list is taking a look at the substitute teacher list and determining if they need to hire more people to cover when teachers are sick, taking personal days, or have meeting and trainings. Sending in your application during the summer will give you a chance to get on that list before the school year starts.
School board approval is another step in getting approved to substitute teach in most districts. Typically, board members meet once a month to discuss this type of business, so if you wait until September to submit your application, you may not be approved by the board until the October meeting.
Many districts are also requiring orientation days for substitute teachers. While these trainings are very helpful for new subs, they are also only scheduled once a month in many districts. By applying in the summer you not only get orientation done before the start of school, but things like school tours and meetings with office staff can be more productive and less overwhelming when students are not in the building.
Quality substitute teachers are needed in all schools, but don't wait until fall to apply. Get your application process started now so you're ready to take a job the first time a sub is needed during the new school year. For more tips on substitute teaching, contact us.