Becoming a Substitute 

Quality substitutes are an important part of our student's school day.  Our goal is to maintain a substitute pool of at least 300 dependable, qualified and dedicated teachers and support staff who will work to ensure a high quality of education for our students.

Benefits of Substituting within Danbury Public Schools

  • Flexible schedule
  • Welcoming school atmosphere
  • Competitive compensation
  • Job variety
  • Rewarding work
  • Welcoming environment

What are the qualifications for becoming a substitute teacher?
In order to serve as a substitute teacher in our District, individuals must meet at least one of the following:

  • Current Connecticut Teacher Certification OR
  • 4-Year Degree
  • Must be legal to work in the United States

The Substitute Teacher Handbook contains general information about substitute teaching in out district schools, as well as helpful hints, references, suggestions, and general expectations.

What are the qualifications for becoming a substitute paraeducator?

In order to serve as a substitute paraeducator in our District, individuals must have a High School Diploma. 

Danbury Public Schools partners with Kelly Education Services (KES)  to recruit substitutes in our school district. 
Kelly Services has been a pioneer in temporary staffing and has provided substitute teachers in over 1600 schools in the nation.

To apply for substitute teaching positions for the Danbury Public Schools please contact the local Kelly Education Staffing office via email to [email protected] or by submitting an application electronically through

Human Resources / Substitutes

Kelly Services Referral Program
Employees can earn a $100 referral bonus each time they refer someone to work with Kelly Services. Click here for more information!

Substitute Calling System by Frontline

The Danbury Public Schools uses an automated service that greatly simplifies and streamlines the process of finding and managing substitute jobs in this district. This service, called Absence Management (formerly Aesop), utilizes both the telephone and the Internet to assist you in locating jobs in this supervisory union. The online system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Absence Management uses three methods to make jobs available to substitutes:

  1. You can search for and accept available jobs, change personal settings, update your calendar, and personalize your available call times by visiting Absence Management online.  If the employee has uploaded lesson plans on Absence Management, you will be able to view them online once you take the job.
  2. You may interact with the Absence Management system by way of a toll-free, automated voice instruction menu at  1-800-942-3767.  Here, you can proactively search for jobs and manage existing jobs.
  3. Absence Management will also make phone calls to substitutes to offer jobs.

Individuals approved to substitute in our school system will receive a welcome letter from Aesop that will provide them with their ID Number and PIN number to access Absence Management. 

Training guides and videos are available when you access Absence Management online.

Employment “At-Will” Notice

As a substitute employee, you have the right to limit your assignment to a specific school(s) or specific category of jobs.  You have the right to decline jobs, for any reason, or no reason at all.  You also have the right to request that your name be removed from our substitute system at any time without reason.  Likewise, the Superintendent (or his/her designee) reserves the right to limit your assignment or remove your name from our substitute list at his/her discretion at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all, without notice.  The decision of the Superintendent or designee on these matters shall be final, and are not subject to the district Complaint policy or procedure.