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Act 86 Substitute Teacher


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Act 86 Substitute Teacher

Williamsburg, PA - Williamsburg Community School District, Blair County

Act 86 Substitute Teacher

In order to participate in the Prospective Substitute Teacher Program (PA Act 86), you must be currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program in a college or university located in Pennsylvania. You must also have completed 60 semester hours or more.  Participants may work a maximum of 180 days in a school year, and no more than 10 consecutive days for the same teacher. Renewal of permit is allowed for one additional year.


Position Summary

A substitute teacher is an individual who, in the absence of the classroom teacher, is responsible for providing instruction and managing the learning environment. The substitute teacher reports to the principal or designee at the location to which they are assigned.

Job Duties

Day-to-day job duties of a substitute teacher are determined by the classroom teacher or his/her designee, as they may vary depending upon the changing needs of the classroom(s), student(s), and/or school district. Substitute teachers of any capacity are subject to daily reassignment, depending on the needs of the day. The substitute teacher must comply with the duties outlined by the classroom teacher, principal or designee.

Qualifications and Required Documents


  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university and teacher preparation program
  • Proof of 60 earned credit hours, including current enrollment status
  • A Pennsylvania Criminal Records check (Act 34) that is clean and less than 1 year old **
  • A Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance History (Act 151) that is clean and less than 1 year old **
  • A FBI Criminal History Record that is clean and less than 1 year old **
  • A Child Mandated Reporter Training 3 Hours ( Act 126) less than 5 years old. We recommend that you use our web links posted on our website to be sure to get the correct clearances. You can find those at the bottom of the Open Positions Page.
  • Proof of a TB test or chest x-ray that is less than 90 Days old
  • 2 Valid forms of Identification for I-9. Click here for acceptable forms.
  • A valid, working email address __ not a college or university address for those will expire! If you do not have a valid email address, it is recommended that you set up for example a Hotmail or GMail email account. This is how all future communications from STS will reach you.
  • Effective 12/22/2014: In accordance with PA Act 168 of 2014,contact information for all current and past employers will be needed, for all jobs held where you have or had direct contact with children.


 ** Please note: clearances cannot be older than 5 years however, some districts may require new clearances that are less than 1 year old!


If you have taken any mandated training for Act 126 (Mandated Reporting) and/or Act 71 (Suicide Prevention), please provide proof of training-preferably a certificate of completion. Please include any additional certificates for specialized training (i.e. Crisis Prevention Intervention).


Essential Function

Substitute teaching is an essential part of the educational process. Each school year all district’s will look to build a workforce of substitute teachers to help aide their teachers and allow them to be replaced in times of need for the district. Each school district will rely on a qualified and enthusiastic group of sub’s that can step-up and continue the educational process in the absence of a teacher. It’s essential that the substitute teacher continues the primary teacher’s lesson plan so that the curriculum plan at hand continues to be carried out.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position may vary in nature due to changes in schedule, student or district need, and include but are not limited to:


• Reports to the office upon arrival for check-in and reviews the plans and schedules for the day.

• Maintains a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about school personnel.

• Assumes the responsibility for overseeing student behavior in the classroom, during lunch, activity periods and out-of-class settings.

• Executes instructional activities with individual students or small groups of students following the absent teachers lesson plans.

• Provides instruction to special needs children who are part of the classroom dynamic.

• Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.

• Proficiency in maintaining efficient classroom management skills.

• Conduct yourself in a polite and professional manner with other staff members and building administrators.

• Other duties may be required that are not enumerated here that are part of the classroom teacher’s curriculum or duties.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


• Sitting or standing for extended periods of time

• Ability to quickly trail any student that elopes

• Moderate lifting from 15-35 pounds

• Moving of various items – up to 30 pounds

• Manual dexterity to use office equipment

About ESS

As leaders in the education staffing space since 2000, ESS specializes in placing qualified staff in daily, long-term, and permanent K-12 school district positions including substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support staff. Over the last 23 years, we have innovated education staffing to provide dynamic solutions to school districts and professional opportunities to passionate educators. Our team serves over 5 million students with a pool of 92,000 substitute and permanent employees throughout 34 states. Internally, the ESS team is comprised of 650 individuals with a passion for education working together to ensure our 900 partner districts experience valuable education every day.

We provide our employees with the ability to work in school districts across the country in addition to benefits, comprehensive training, flexible work schedules, and professional development.

ESS Diversity Statement

ESS continuously works to create an environment where all its employees - regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, age or abilities - can work to the fullest of their potential in a fair and welcoming space. Believing that a diverse company is more innovative and successful, we have embraced diversity to ensure that we are empowered to make sure that “Every day counts” for our employees, the students, and the schools we serve nationwide.

ESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.