Substitute Information

Thank you for your interest in substituting for Colchester School District. To be considered, please complete an online application linked below. Once submitted and reviewed, our Human Resources department will contact you with additional information and next steps if approved.

Your name will be placed on our substitute list only after all necessary forms, background and reference checks have been completed and the district approves your application.

Paper applications and additional documentation forms are available here. Please reach out to HR Coordinator Michelle Berthiaume at (802) 264-5976 or with any questions.

Colchester School District is committed to providing a rigorous, differentiated and engaging learning environment for all of our students. Classrooms throughout the district follow grade level curriculum and assessments that are based on our state standards. This curriculum is then differentiated for students based to best meet student needs and encourage students to be engage in learning.

All students with identified disabilities receive instructional support services. These services include: classroom accommodations, curriculum adaptations, individualized instruction, speech and language therapy, counseling, physical therapy, intensive academic/social support, consultation, individual tutoring, behavior management, psychological intervention, and referral to other specialists or programs outside our district. An Essential Early Education (EEE) program provides services to children aged 3-5 who demonstrate significant developmental delays. In addition, Colchester offers a Title I program in language arts and math in grades K-5, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) program to all eligible students.

Applications for substitute teaching may be obtained and returned to our Administrative Office on 59 Rathe Rd. A complete substitute packet must include: an Application for Substituting, Form W-4, Form I 9, VT Declaration of Health Care form, VT Human Services Agency background check, a criminal records check (which includes fingerprinting), and a current résumé (optional). Upon receipt of a COMPLETE application packet, an applicant’s name is added to our sub list, which is disseminated to building principals. Substitutes are encouraged to visit the schools where s/he would like to work.

Substitutes may know in advance of assignments. Sometimes, sudden illness or an unexpected personal issue necessitates calling a sub quite early on the day needed.

When you arrive at school, report to the office to receive instructions for the day. Teachers are required to maintain a current substitute folder; so teacher substitutes should find things in good order. When you leave, we ask you to submit a report of the day. We hope you will tell the teacher and principal what the students accomplished and what, if anything, might have made your day better.

Short-term (daily) teacher substitutes shall be defined as any substitute assignment that is 30 consecutive days or less for the same (or different) teacher absence. Short-term substitutes will be compensated $135 per day.
Long-term teacher substitutes shall be defined as any substitute assignment that exceeds 30 consecutive days for the same teacher absence. Long-term substitute teachers will assume the duties of the teacher while he/she is on a leave. The long-term substitute must hold a valid Vermont teaching license and endorsement to qualify. The long-term substitute will be paid at a per diem rate based on the substitute’s place on the salary scale up to BA Step 5. If the long-term substitute has been paid a daily rate while the employee’s leave of absence was in process of approval, the long-term substitute will be compensated retroactively.
Nurse substitutes shall be defined as any nurse substitute assignment that is 30 consecutive days or less for the same (or different) nurse absence. Nurse substitutes will be paid at the rate of $250.00 per day. All nurse substitutes must be a licensed RN and provide a copy of licensure prior to substituting.
Support staff substitutes are paid according to the base rate of the position for which s/he is substituting. Support staff positions include paraeducators, interventionists, technology, non-instructional aides, bus/van drivers, clerical, administrative assistants, food service, maintenance, and custodial positions. Support staff substitute rates may be found on the Colchester website at under Staff & HR, Human Resources, Employment Opportunities.