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Your ideal school substitute package?
Old 01-18-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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What would your ideal school substitute package look like? The reason I ask is because at a private school I substituted at recently, the principal asked me what a substitute would like to receive upon arriving at their school (since substitues do not currently receive any information other than what the classroom teacher leaves on their desk).

This package would be different than what a classroom teacher leaves - it would be about general school information. Several things came to mind:

- School bell times
- Fire Drill / Emergency Information
- Specific Behaviour Programs in place
- A set of substitute keys
- A map of the school

I know I'm forgetting some items-- What would you like to receive upon arrival?


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One school I work at sometimes gives subs (and classroom teachers, I think) several copies of each of a couple of different levels of discipline referrals, and examples of the sorts of situations that would deserve one. I LOVE the examples, and wish all schools had that...am I an idiot to not know exactly which behaviors I'm expected to handle on my own, and which the admin would like to know about via referrals?

A phone list would be nice, too.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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The district where I sub requires classroom teachers to submit generic emergency lesson plans, lists of students with health issues, names of buddy teachers who could be called on to answer questions, copies of class lists to be used for taking attendance and lunch count, names of students who are pulled out of class for resource or speech and the days and times they go, and several other items. These are placed in classroom sub folders, and additional information from the school is added, such as the yard duty schedule for the year, plus items listed in previous posts. The folders are stored in the office, and handed out in the morning with the keys.
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more needed stuff
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I wish i would be told of school or class routines re. lunch times, release times, etc., esp. for elementary grades. For example, are you expected to pick up your students at the door? are you supposed to take them to a particular place when they are released at the end of the day? What about to and from lunch?
Every school has its own routines and expectations, and these should be clearly set out for any sub.

Also, -and to the degree to which this can be done legally and without conflicting with privacy issues- brief mentions of students with behavior issues (if they don't have IEP's, a "plan" will not be there) and their specific problems will help avert trouble and distress!

KEYS, most of all!
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:54 AM
 
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All of the above and a password to get into the classroom computer so you can use the smart board if needed.


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Old 01-19-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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At the school I taught at before moving each teacher had a small binder kept in the office, it had a map of the school, emergency procedures, class lists, students with health needs, duty schedule, class schedule, Then teachers added their own info, emgerncy plans, names of helpful students and teachers who could help, special instructions, class routines, seating plans ect...
When a sub arrived they were given the binder for the teacher they were in for, then at the end of the day the sub returned to binder to the office.
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Thanks for soliciting some ideas. I have two you may want to consider:

1) Provide a map indicating where the teacher restrooms are located, and if they are locked, PLEASE provide a key.

2) Indicate the policy on ipods, cell phones, and id badges. So many students claim they don't have to carry an id badge, then it's like pulling teeth to get their true name when they act up in class.

Good luck on your packet!
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I would like to be greeted by the person in the office - even a head nod while they deal w/ others to just let me know I am there. (This does make a difference!)

Our h.s. has amazing packs it gives us all we need: intro letter, floor plan, extension phone list, emerg. procedures, lunch schedule and how to order and price, bell schedule, parking space - so we know where to park (we are allowed teachers spot if they are gone for the whole day, but I don't recommend it as they often come to the school and this makes them MAD); also a print out of the lunch menu for the week for the kids, and also a list of the weeks set announcements - so you know which kid are ok to release for sports, etc.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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schedule of class start / stop times
phone numbers for the entire school WITH the names of people..not just "nurse"
a master key for all classroom doors
copies of referrals
a student handbook (very handy for policies)
list of students with allergies, medical issues etc (Sometimes I don't find out that a kid has seizures, diabetes, etc. until I rummage around the desk and find out that if Jimmy has a seizure he needs medication ASAP...or that Judy needs to go to the nurse at a certain time to check her blood sugar)
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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keys to the teachers' bathroom if it is locked!
general schedule (bells, is the pledge over the PA?, etc.) and dismissal procedures
instructions & price for ordering lunch if you want to
maps available (just need one for the year, not every time)

I also think allergy/medical info is important, but that should be from the classroom teacher, so you only have the short list you need.


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