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Substitute Teaching FAQ

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Welcome  Substitute Teachers. Thank you in advance to all our substitute teachers. You are an important asset to our district and students. I hope this page helps answer many of your frequently asked questions.

If you have any further questions please contact, Renee Rogers at rogersrl@mdusd.org or 925-682-8000 ext. 4139. 

Important: ALL subs are required to report to the sites for any assignments they have committed to. You will receive instruction upon arrival as to whether you will be instructing via zoom or in person. As of Thursday, March 25th, students will be back on campuses in a hybrid mode. 

Did you know...
  • If you do not pick up an assignment for 6 months you could be inactivated as a substitute. 
  • You only have access to view assignments when your credential or permit is valid. 
  • You are entitled to up to 3 paid sick leave days a fiscal year beginning after 30 days of employment. To use sick leave, simply choose the day you wish to use it and enter "Sick Day" on your timesheet. 
  • If you work at any site 10 or more days in a school year that you will be evaluated. 
Tips for Success....
  1. When you arrive at your assignment, ask for a copy of the school-wide rules and procedures which all staff are expected to enforce. 
  2. Be at the door ready to greet students as they enter the room. 
  3. Start class promptly. It is always helpful to have an assignment or task posted on the board for students to focus on at the opening of the lesson. 
  4. Have materials organized in advance as much as possible. 
  5. Review the classroom rules. 
  6. Give clear directions. 
  7. Be consistent in your expectations. Recognize positive student behavior. Intervene and redirect students promptly who are off task. 
  8. Have a plan for students who will finish assignments early. 
  • Remember that the key to an orderly classroom is providing lessons which engage the students and keeps them focused and interested for the entire lesson. 
Google Accounts for Substitute Teachers

Once a substitute teacher has been cleared entered into our system as an employee, a district email is automatically generated. Typically your district email will be your last name, first initial of your first name. On the rare occasion that your name may already be in use an additional letter is added. Please reach out to helpdesk@mdusd.org to determine your email address. 

Your initial password will be welcome! and on your first use, you will be need to update your password. You may use any combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and most special characters and it needs to be at least 8 characters long. 

Please note: Your district google account/email is ONLY active on days that you have an assigned job number in Frontline. 

What to do if you need to cancel a job:
  1. Cancel the job as soon as possible in Frontline to allow time for another sub to pick up the assignment. 
  2. If you are cancelling with less than 12 hours notice, please contact the Office Manager at the site to inform him/her. 

*Substitutes are employees who are hired to fill the position of a regular employee who is absent because of illness or other kind of authorized leave, or when additional support is needed. Substitutes working for Mt. Diablo Unified School District are "At Will" employees. At Will employees are not guaranteed employment. If an absence or assignment is no longer needed, the substitutes job ends and they may look for other assignments. Assignments can and will get cancelled on occasion. When an assignment is cancelled, an automated email is sent.