Cf:  GBD





The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall not employ any person who is retired from a school system (former teachers, administrators, bus operators and/or school employees) as a substitute except in an area of critical shortage or high need.




The Plaquemines 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 his/her 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 the absence of a regular teacher.  In order to be approved, an individual must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and have completed a Plaquemines Parish School System substitute training in-service.  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.  Any employment of retired teachers as substitutes shall be in areas of critical shortage or high need.


Qualified teachers may also be selected to substitute for teachers who plan to be absent for long periods of time.  Provisions shall be made for the hiring of, or contracting with applicable substitute teachers in these instances as developed by the superintendent and staff.


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.


Continuous Employment for a Degreed Teacher Serving as a Substitute


  1. A degreed teacher serving as a substitute who starts a school year and will be responsible for teaching a full schedule is required to attend pre-school in-services and faculty meetings, and assume all responsibilities of the regular teacher.  The substitute teacher in this case will be paid commensurate with training, degree, and experience.

  2. Extended illness or absences of regular classroom teacher:  After a regularly-employed teacher has been absent from the classroom during the regular school year in excess of twenty (20) consecutive teaching days, the substitute teacher who has worked in that particular position for more than twenty (20) consecutive teaching days, will get the regular salary schedule commensurate with training, degree, and experience, beginning with the twenty-first (21st) consecutive teaching day.


Substitute teachers serving less than sixty (60) consecutive days will not participate in the health and welfare plans or other fringe benefits of the school system.




The Plaquemines Parish School Board requires the maintenance of a list of properly qualified and approved substitute personnel eligible to substitute for support personnel absent from work.  Appropriate administrative judgment as to actual need shall 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 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.


Revised:  May, 2007 Adopted Revision:  October 3, 2011
Adopted:  November 1, 2010 Adopted Revision:  August 20, 2012
Adopted Revision:  December 6, 2010 Revised:  November 10, 2014



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§11:710, 17:81, 17:84, 17:419.3, 17:493.1, 17:500, 17:1202, 17:1212, 17:1213, 17:1216, 17:1217

Board minutes, 9-10-01, 5-7-07, 12-6-10, 10-3-11, 8-20-12, 11-10-14


Plaquemines Parish School Board