MOUNT VERNON — Substitute teachers play an important role in every school system in the area. They step in when the regular teacher is sick or absent for in-service training or other reasons and keep the classrooms and students working, maintaining the school routine.
“Competent substitute teachers are critical for continuity of instruction, learning environment and student safety,” said East Knox superintendent Steve Larcomb.
Classroom substitutes must have a college degree, and, if assigned long-term to one class, must be certified, or licensed, in that particular subject area. Should the long-term substitute be needed in a lab area at the Knox County Career Center, an attempt is made to find a substitute who works in the field. For example, if a long-term sub were needed to cover the cosmetology lab, the school would find someone who is licensed to work with hair.
While Mount Vernon City Schools maintains its own roster of substitutes, the county schools rely on a substitute teacher list approved by the Educational Service Center. The ESC checks applicants’ credentials, performs background checks and processes any needed paperwork through the Ohio Department of Education.
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