Substitute Teacher Code of Conduct

Swing partners with schools that serve a wide diversity of students and communities across the United States. Swing has a responsibility to meet the needs of schools and also understand the challenges of substitute teaching. We expect our subs to have the utmost professionalism when representing Swing on a school campus. 


All SwingSubs need to be on time, respectful, and prepared!

Our list of standard expectations will help you be successful in most situations across all schools:

  • All communication will be professional and courteous with school staff- at all times. 
  • In the event that the school or a SwingSub are not satisfied with their experience, at any assignment and for any reason, the school or sub can request to be unlinked from each other.
  • We want our subs to succeed, so we will keep working with subs if they indicate that they have a desire to continue growing as an educator and we find that they’re a good fit for other schools.
  • There are some behaviors, however, which are considered unacceptable, including, safety incidents.
    • These behaviors are never acceptable at any school and can be grounds for immediate removal from the platform.
  • We may also consider removing a substitute from the platform when we observe a pattern of unchanged negative behavior or if the sub’s response indicates that the sub is unable to adequately improve.

Expectations Regarding Safety Concerns

This section contains behaviors that are never acceptable at any school and can be grounds for removal from the Swing platform. They could also result in schools or parents pursuing legal actions.

We caution you to avoid the following behaviors to be successful at a school:

  • Have any physical contact with a student or their belongings
  • Have any interaction with a student or staff  that can be considered lewd or sexual harassment
  • Use inappropriate language (socially offensive/lewd) or verbally abuse a student, staff member, parent, or member of the public while on school property
  • Comment on a student’s personal appearance/characteristics, identities, abilities, or known disability
  • Have sole custody of a student in a private setting
  • Leave students unattended or not actively monitoring the class (ex: sleeping, being engaged with electronic devices, ignoring safety issues)
  • Leave the school grounds during school hours without notifying the school administration
  • Bring or show unauthorized movies (including but not limited to internet clips) or
    photographs to the students
  • Transport students in a vehicle without authorization from the school
  • Provide medication to a student
  • Attempt to contact or be contacted by a student outside of the assignment
  • Remove school property from school grounds or fail to return school property
  • Share confidential information about a student or school employee with
    non-relevant/third parties unless required by law (including but not limited to photographs, recordings, social media posts, or discussing a student's information - especially about a student’s disability or learning accommodations)

Expectations for Accepting Assignments

Reliability is extremely important to schools. By following these expectations you have the opportunity to earn Star Sub status.

  • Complete all accepted assignments 
  • Use the Swing platform to cancel an assignment, if you are no longer able to meet the assignment requirements
  • Avoid canceling any assignments less than 24 hours before the assignment start time

Expectations On the Day of an Assignment

First impressions matter, you may find yourself developing your network! Follow these expectations to make a great first impression.

Checking In:

  • Arrive on time or earlier than the expected start time 
  • Contact the school immediately via phone if there is an emergency cancel or tardy
    • Contact us to explain the nature of the cancellation or tardy. This also helps us confirm any appropriate changes to the assignment.
  • Follow the school’s dress code
  • Follow the school’s check-in procedures
  • Be approachable, flexible, and ready to assist the school with their needs
  • Communicate professionally with all school staff
    • Do not use curse words or derogatory language
    • Avoid discussing controversial or polarizing topics such as politics, religion, drugs, sexuality, etc

Before Class Starts:

  • Read over lesson plans and prepare materials needed to execute the plans
  • Familiarize yourself with the school’s behavior management policies and style
  • Familiarize yourself with all school safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers or eyewashes and protocols including but not limited to lockdown procedures, codewords, fire/earthquake/tornado procedures, and medical emergencies
  • Make sure you know how to communicate with your point of contact while in the classroom

During Class:

  • Never leave students unattended
  • Make sure all students are accounted for by following procedures for attendance, hallway passes, and transitions
  • Actively monitor students - do not use personal electronics, read, or sleep
  • Follow the lesson plan and/or instructions provided by the school
  • Commit to remain objective with students and the learning material, without bias or prejudice
  • Communicate with staff if there is a safety concern in the classroom
  • If you are working as a teacher’s aide or paraprofessional, follow the directions of the lead teacher

When interacting with students:

  • State and uphold behavioral expectations so the class maintains a safe learning environment
  • Treat all students with courtesy, kindness, and respect at all times
  • Engage with students by answering their questions.  Walk around the room and go to students
  • Understand and respect the values and traditions of the diverse cultures represented in the community and in the classroom
  • Avoid discussing controversial topics including but not limited to religion, race, politics, sex, drugs. 

Passing Periods / Lunch / Prep Periods / Recess:

  • Follow all hallway, transition, and dismissal procedures including dismiss students at the bell or designated dismissal time
  • Follow any break, lunch, planning period, or recess procedures and complete any student monitoring duties or administrative duties during these time periods
  • Do not leave students unattended; wait until a qualified adult is present
  • Ask permission, and inform staff if you need to leave campus
  • Take breaks / eat lunch in designated areas on campus
  • Do not smoke cigarettes, use electronic cigarettes, or vaping on school grounds or near campus

End of Classes / Assignment:

Following these expectations will help you leave a good impression on the school.  This can lead to you becoming one of their preferred subs in the future.

  • Leave detailed notes for the teacher, avoiding judgemental or subjective language
  • Collect all school work from students and make sure it is organized
  • Follow all procedures for student dismissal
  • Do not let students leave until the designated time for dismissal
  • Leave the classroom as tidy as possible or in the same condition as it was upon arrival
  • Make sure any technology or equipment is accounted for and properly stored/locked
  • Ensure classroom is locked/secured
  • Return all school property, including keys
  • Follow all school check-out procedures
  • Ensure school admin is aware that you are leaving campus