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January 30, 2020

Mr. Steve Brooks
Executive Director
Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
3 Kenmount Road
St. John’s, NL
A1B 1W1

Dear Mr. Brooks:

I wish to confirm to you the procedure which the Department will follow in the granting of permission for School Boards to use uncertified teachers by way of emergency supply when fully qualified teachers are not available.

These are as follows:

(1) When general approval is sought and given for Boards to use emergency supply teachers as substitutes, our letter of approval to the Boards will contain clear instructions as to the manner in which the authority may be actioned. Specifically, we will make sure that Boards clearly understand that they must in each hiring situation ensure that a certified teacher capable of fulfilling the job function is not available for employment before they enter into a contractual arrangement with an emergency supply teacher.

(2) The Department will forward copies of requests for emergency supply teachers to the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.

Yours truly,

Robert Gardiner
Deputy Minister
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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