by TransACT | Jan 10, 2017 |
Every day, teachers struggle with the thought of being out of the classroom due to sickness or other reasons for fear that the substitute teacher won’t be prepared to handle all aspects of the classroom including emergency procedures.
Teachers often choose to go to school sick rather than stay at home because they are worried about how substitutes will be able to handle emergency situations. This is something that shouldn’t be a problem if the right measures are taken when training and implementing substitute teachers.
Most school districts provide their substitute teachers with orientation training. However, with large substitute teacher training meetings, important information about safety drills, lockdowns, and other emergency procedures may be presented inconsistently or even skipped.
An article by the NEA states that “Letting subs know how to handle these [emergency] issues is very important…” because the safety of the students is overall the top priority for school systems. Without these policies and procedures being understood and practiced by substitutes as well as teachers, there could be serious issues.
Here are a few steps to take to ensure that your substitute teachers are prepared to handle emergency situations:
Effective Substitute Training is an online, self-paced course that covers topics from age appropriateness to tips and tools to maintaining a classroom. All things an experienced teacher would know, but a willing substitute may not have any experience with. The best part? It doesn’t cost your district anything.
We provide online training for substitute teachers that can be customized for your district. Training substitute teachers online saves your district time and ensures compliance for your district.