Emergency Substitute Certificates
The emergency substitute certificate was revised in the Spring of 1995. The new certificate requires emergency substitute applicants to disclose information about felony convictions; convictions involving dishonesty, controlled substances or children; diversion agreements; and revoked or suspended certificates. If the applicant answers “no” to these questions, the emergency substitute certificate may be issued as it has in the past. After the district verifies that the emergency substitute has earned at least 60 semester hours of college credit from an accredited college, the district will submit the “certification” copy of the certificate and the applicant’s certification fee to the Certification Team in Topeka, Kansas.
If the applicant answers “yes” to any of these questions, all copies of the emergency substitute certificate and the certification fee must be submitted to the Certification Team in Topeka, Kansas. Such certificates will be referred to a legal department for review. Depending on the situation, the matter may be referred to the Professional Practices Commission for review and a recommendation will be made to the Kansas State Board of Education regarding the issuance or denial of the certificate.
USD 416 will not be able to use such individuals as emergency substitutes unless the district receives notification that the emergency substitute certificate has been issued. If the emergency substitute certification is granted, the district’s copy and the applicant’s copy of the certificate will be returned to the district and we will mail the applicant their copy. At that time, the applicant may begin substitute teaching.