Policy GCE

Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers shall:

  1. have a minimum of sixty (60) college credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. pass a successful background check;
  3. provide three satisfactory professional references.
  4. attend orientation for school policies and procedures

The Lynchburg City School Board shall seek to employ substitute teachers, especially those engaged as long-term substitutes, who exceed these requirements.

A substitute teacher, as used in this section, is (i) one who is employed to substitute for a contracted teacher for a temporary period of time during the contracted teacher's absence, or (ii) one who is employed to fill a teacher vacancy for a period of time, but for no longer than 90 teaching days in such vacancy, unless otherwise approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction on a case-by-case basis, during one school year.

Homebound Teachers

Homebound teachers may be employed on a part-time, hourly basis. They shall be selected from the active file of applicants in the Personnel Office or from the approved substitute teacher list and shall hold a valid teaching certificate.

Part-Time Teachers

An employee working less than 180 days or less than six (6) hours per day or who is restricted to temporary or interim employment is considered part-time.

Part-time teachers shall meet the certification requirements of the State Board of Education.

Summer School Teachers

Summer school teachers shall meet all certification requirements.


Arrangements for the utilization of interns in the school division should be initiated through the Superintendent.

Student Teachers

The school division shall accept student teachers only from accredited institutions. All student teachers shall meet the same health requirements as all other personnel. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction shall have the responsibility for the assignment and placement of student teachers in the school system.

Student teachers shall not be used as substitute teachers unless agreed upon by the school division and the university.

Adopted: March 5, 2019

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-70, 22.1-78, 22.1-302.

Cross Ref.:

GCB Professional Staff Contracts
GCPD Professional Staff Discipline
GCPF Suspension of Staff Members