• Welcome!

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    Welcome to your exciting assignment as a substitute with the Orleans/Niagara BOCES.  You are an essential member of our organization who provides quality instruction in every class each day. The same high standards and accountability expected from permanently assigned staff is also expected from our substitute staff.


    The valuable service that you provided to our schools, staff, and students is greatly appreciated.  We wish you a rewarding experience as an Orleans/Niagara BOCES substitute.


    We look forward to working with you this year.  If there are ways in which we can be of assistance to you, please let us know.

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  • Calendar Notes

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    Please note the Orleans/Niagara BOCES will be closed the following dates.

    Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day)

    Monday, October 12, 2020 (Columbus Day)

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Veteran’s Day)


    Other Important Dates:

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – Students First Day

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  • Attendance

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    Your substitute assignments will reflect the need of the instructional employee.  It is recommended that you report before the official start of the school day.  You are to report to the administrative office of the school to which you have been assigned according to the time recorded by the Absence Management System.  Substitutes are expected to know the reporting time for assignments and to report promptly.

     Schools and Employees have different starting times.  Therefore, substitutes must pay close attention to the time the assignment is to begin. The beginning and ending times for substitutes will vary from school to school.

     If you accept an assignment in advance:

    Please review the assignment the night before or morning of to make sure the assignment has not been cancelled.

     If you need to cancel from an assignment:

    On occasion, an instance may arise when you have accepted an assignment and then you are unable to complete the assignment due to an emergency.  If such a situation becomes apparent the night before the assignment, then please contact the Absence Management system and choose the option to cancel.  If you must cancel in the morning within an hour of the assignment start time, then please contact the Substitute Calling Service Help Desk at 1-800-424-1918. 

     NOTE: Failure to cancel out of an assignment in a timely manner may result in exclusion from working at that location in the future.  Repeated failure to cancel may result in the substitute being restricted from working anywhere within the Orleans/Niagara BOCES.  Additionally, a record of frequently declining assignments and/or canceling assignments late may lead to removal of your name from the substitute list.

     Substitutes do not have a planning period.  School officials may assign you to other duties during times when you do not have students in the classroom.  School officials have the authority to reassign you to another content area, if they deem it necessary or appropriate.

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  • Substitute Employee Standard Work Days

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    For Substitute Teachers, 7.5 hours inclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute School Nurses, 7.5 hours inclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute Clinical Instructors, 7.5 hours inclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute Teacher Aides, 6 hours exclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute Clerical Employees, 7.5 hours exclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute Maintenance Employees, 8 hours exclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.

    For Substitute Motor Vehicle Operators, 8 hours exclusive of a lunch break of 30 minutes.


    *Lunch is at your own expense.  You may bring a lunch if you prefer.

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  • School Closings

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    The District Superintendent will make a decision about school closings or delayed openings.  Every effort will be made to make decisions in a timely manner.  School closing information will be announced in the following ways:


    Internet Web Site - www.onboces.org


    Radio Stations - AM  Stations - WBEN 930 


    Television Stations

                WGRZ              Channel 2                     www.wgrz.com

                WIVB               Channel 4                     www.wivb.com

                WKBW             Channel 7                     www.wkbw.com


    * Note:  It is the substitute’s responsibility to listen to radio and television stations for public announcements, emergency school closings, and delays.  Absence Management will not call you if the district has a delay or weather cancellation.  The system will continue to post reported absences and place outbound calls to substitutes even though an emergency closing or delay has occurred.  The system cannot be reprogrammed with such a short notice.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  NOTE:  Substitute employees will not be paid for days when school is not in session. 

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  • New Certification/Certification Extension

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    Have you received your teaching certification?  Have you filed an extension for certification?

    The Orleans/Niagara BOCES Certification Office provides assistance and processes and approves applications of eligible candidates for New York State Certification in the areas of teaching, pupil personnel services, and coaching.

    While we are pleased to assist school personnel with certification, please remember that your certification is your responsibility. 

    Be sure that you know when your certificate expires and what is required to achieve the next level of certification. 


    If you have not already done so, please inform us if you have received your certification, received an extension, and are currently a per diem substitute.  We would like to update our records.  Thanks!

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  • Location Changes

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    Changes have been made to classroom locations for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    • Eastern Niagara Hospital (Newfane Hospital) – (Closed)
    • Eastern Niagara Hospital (Lockport Memorial Hospital) – (New)
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  • Rates of Pay 2020-2021

    Posted by Susan Soos on 8/14/2020

    The following rates have been established for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Substitute Teacher

    Teacher (Certified)                                $100.00 per day

    Teacher (Non-certified)                         $  90.00 per day


    Substitute Teacher Aide

    Teacher Aide (Certified)                        $80.00 per day

    Teacher Aide (Non-certified)                  $75.00 per day


    Substitute Clinical Instructor/School Nurse

    Clinical Instructor                                  $75.00 per ½ day

    School Nurse                                        $140.00 per day                       


    Additional Substitute Positions

    Clerical                                                 $12.50 per hour

    Maintenance                                         $12.50 per hour

    Motor Vehicle Operator                         $12.50 per hour

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  • Thank you

    Posted by Susan Soos on 5/5/2020

    On behalf of the board of education, administration, instructional staff, support staff, and the community … thank you for your efforts serving the students, our clients, and each other. It takes a lot of talented people to run our programs and services that we provide.   As a substitute employee you are a valuable asset to the continued success of our operations.  Your dedication and enthusiasm to assist in the educational process is greatly appreciated.  We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer during this unprecedented time.  We hope you stay safe and stay well.

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  • Re-Appointment Letters

    Posted by Susan Soos on 5/5/2020

    Re-Appointment letters will be sent in the month of June.  Please complete and return the letter immediately, even if you do not wish to continue as a per diem substitute for the 2020-2021 school year.  This letter is our only verification regarding the status of your per diem substitute employment for the next school year.

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