While talking to colleagues in school you may come across a person who informs you that he or she is a substitute teacher filling in for someone who is or may be expected to be absent or on leave for the rest of the school year. Occasionally the replacement substitute teacher is entitled to a full provisional contract, sometimes not.
It doesn’t pay to take a chance, however, and the safest, surest way to insure that the replacement substitute teacher is getting all of what he or she is entitled to is to call the office at 617-288-2000 and speak with Josefina. You can also email her. Simply, if a replacement teacher has been in a position (prior to December 1) that belongs to someone who has informed the department (prior to December 1) that he or she is going to be on a LOA for the rest of the school year, then the replacement is generally entitled to a full provisional contract. It is quite common for substitute teachers in this position to correctly claim their right to a full provisional contract. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and we encourage all who come across a situation similar to this to kindly call or email Josefina.
(Meanwhile, notwithstanding the above, the district needs more substitute teachers. If you know of someone looking to become a BPS substitute teacher, see this information page.)