Welcome to the Belmont Public Schools daily substitute pool!

We are grateful for your invaluable service to our district. Below you will find all of the required forms and information you will need to begin your employment as a BPS daily substitute. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Rebecca Leeb

BPS Substitute Coordinator

For Daily Substitutes

Health & Safety Protocols in response to COVID-19

Daily substitutes are required to review all information and follow all procedures on the BPS COVID-19 Protocols site.

Information for New and Returning Subs

Please click on each link in this section and read all information. You may also download and/or print for your convenience. 

* Please note that substitutes are not automatically notified of school closings or delayed openings due to inclement weather. As a substitute, you are responsible for determining whether or not the district will be open, and should plan accordingly to fulfill your assignments. Please familiarize yourself with the various ways you can find out about an unexpected school closing or delay due to weather via internet, television and radio. Some news channel websites allow you to sign up to receive email/text notifications when a specific school district has closed due to weather. Please consider enrolling for notifications about Belmont Public School closings.

All Substitutes – Required Training

Training for BPS substitutes consists of online documents and videos which you can read or watch from your home computer. These training modules are required for all BPS substitute staff. New BPS substitutes must complete all training modules and verify with their digital signatures and submitted Ethics certificate within one month of their date of hire.

Please click on this link to complete the Substitute Required Training Modules.


Becoming a BPS Daily Substitute

To apply for admission to our Daily Substitute pool:  

1. Create your online application in the Frontline system:

  • go to the Employment Opportunities page on the BPS HR website
  • click on “View Openings” at the top of the Employment Opportunities page
  • select "Substitute Teacher" from the left margin menu
  • click on the red Apply button to create your application. 

2. Your application should include three (3) professional references

3. After you have submitted your application in the Frontline system, the BPS Substitute Coordinator will contact you with an invitation to the next group information/interview session.

Please note the following regarding the Daily Substitute position: 

  • The majority of daily substitute positions are posted on short notice, which generally necessitates living within a reasonable commuting distance from Belmont, MA 02478.
  • BPS uses an online substitute fulfillment system, accessible by all substitutes hired into our daily sub pool.
  • This position is for daily per diem substituting only, not for permanent or long/short term substitute jobs (those are listed elsewhere on the Belmont Public Schools website).
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to an information session, followed by reference and background checks for all interested and qualified candidates.
  • Here is the information session slideshow, in case you would like to preview: Belmont Public Schools - Intro to Subbing

Maternity/Paternity Leave Substitute (MLS/PLS) positions and Long-Term Substitute positions (61 days or longer) - These positions are also found at Employment Opportunities, under the "Elementary School Teaching," "Middle School Teaching" or "High School Teaching" listings. A Massachusetts DESE license is preferred for MLS/PLS, and required for Long-Term Substitutes.

Becoming a Licensed Educator

For those of you who are interested in pursuing a career in education, here is a helpful link to information from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE):  DESE Licensing Requirements.

New Substitutes – Required Forms

If you are interested in joining the BPS daily substitute pool, please see the Becoming a BPS Substitute section above for information on how to apply.

Once you have submitted your online application, you will be invited to an information session describing next steps. When the district is ready to hire you, you will be contacted to bring in the paperwork described below. Please do not submit forms until you have been requested to do so by the Substitute Coordinator.

For applicants who have completed the application and interview process and have received a hiring email:

Background checks must be completed prior to starting work in the District:

  • Massachusetts CORI check run in the Human Resources office when you bring in your other hiring paperwork
  • National fingerprint-based check at an Identogo center
    • see instructions below for making an appointment
    • the fee for the fingerprint scan is non-refundable, whether or not you are hired as a BPS substitute
    • If you have completed a fingerprint-based background check as a condition of employment in a Massachusetts school district in the past year, you may request that district to send a letter of suitability for employment to BPS Human Resources (in lieu of the fingerprint scan).

Completed paperwork must be submitted in person to the Human Resources Department, along with a valid photo ID and proof of authorization to work in the US (See I-9 form instructions for allowable forms of identification). The Human Resources Department is located in the School Administration Building at 644 Pleasant Street, Belmont MA 02478.

When all paperwork has been completed, please call the Substitute Coordinator at (617) 993-5420 to arrange an appointment to return the forms and be set up in the Absence Management online system.

You may download and print the required forms from the links below. All forms are also available in the Human Resources office.