Returning teachers with contracts usually start school two or three days ahead of the students to prepare their classrooms and hold grade level meetings. New contracted teachers start a week early since they need more preparation. Yet in my main district, job openings that have either not yet been filled, or where the teacher is not yet available, will have the long term substitute begin their assignment on the same day the kids arrive. My main district has had three jobs that have been posted to last for the first three weeks of school, but both will likely go beyond this time frame until a permanent teacher is available. Wouldn't it make more sense for the long term sub to start a day or two early as well? it only costs the district an extra $125 a day to better prepare a sub for an extended job. Is my district the norm, or the exception? How has your staff helped these first day long term subs who might be coming in blindly? Even a sub who has never stepped foot in a classroom can take these assignments.