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
  • Completed application on Applitrack
  • Must be legal to work in the United States

What do I need to do to become a substitute in your district?


In order to serve as a substitute in our school district, qualified individuals must submit an application electronically through Applitrack to the posted position.

Educational Employer Verification Information

Each local or regional board of education, governing council of a state or local charter school or an interdistrict magnet school operator is required to by Connecticut law to the information requested on this form from any applicant who applies for a position of employment with such local or regional board of education, a governing council of a state or local charter school, an interdistrict magnet school operator or if the employment caused the applicant to have contact with children.  No local or regional board of education, council or operator may employ an applicant for a position involving direct student contact who does not provide the information requested in this form.

Please be sure to gather the necessary contact information (contact phone number(s) and email address) for your previous employers after you submit your application to avoid any unnecessary delays.

Employment Requirements

After reviewing and screening the applications, candidates who are selected shall be contacted to schedule an appointment to complete the required employment paperwork, including a fingerprint-supported criminal record check, and reports from the Department of Children and Families (DCF). 

In addition to the background checks and other employment requirements listed above, substitutes will be asked to read our Substitute Teacher Handbook. The Substitute Teacher Handbook contains general information about substitute teaching in our district schools, as well as helpful hints, references, suggestions, and general expectations.   Applicants may also be required to provide copies of licenses and transcripts when meeting with Human Resources.

Once you’ve completed all the required employment paperwork and procedures, your name will be added to Aesop, our automated sub calling and leave tracking system, pending the results of the background checks.  Please refer to the Aesop Substitute Calling System  (below) for more information.

All substitute teachers must also complete Mandatory Trainings prior to serving as a substitute in our districts. This must be completed prior to meeting with Human Resources to complete the paperwork outlined above.

All substitutes are employed “at will”, which means they can terminate their employment relationship or refuse work at any time for any reason, or no reason at all, without notice. Likewise, the Superintendent or his/her designee reserves the right to add or remove substitutes from our Aesop substitute calling system or limit the assignment/placement of substitutes at his/her discretion at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all, without notice.

Mandatory Trainings

As part of your entry into the Danbury Public Schools, you will be asked to complete online training in two areas.

First, please complete the DCF online training class at:
Upon completion, you can print the certificate at the end, and bring a copy with you for our records.

In addition, you must complete the Bloodborne Pathogens PowerPoint training (below).  Once you have reviewed, please print and sign the Training Verification form and bring it with you when you come in to complete the hiring process.

        BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS TRAINING         Bloodborne Pathogens Training Verification

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 on-line.

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.