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How do you use the USD259 Subfinder?

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Workers interested in substituting at Wichita Public Schools fill out an online application for the USD 529 program in order to qualify as potential substitute workers. The school system uses the program for all of its substitute worker needs, including teachers, nurses, paraeducators, administrative assistants and custodians.

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Substitutes need to reapply yearly. Applications for each school year are generally accepted from midsummer through early winter of that year. As of the 2015 to 2016 school year, the school district requires that substitute teachers work at least 15 days per semester to stay on the substitute list for the next semester.

As part of the USD 529 SubFinder program, substitutes take online tests to verify their credentials and submit information about their availability on the Aesop System. The Aesop System automatically assigns substitutes by matching workers' skills and availability with the needs of schools.

Since the system is entirely automated, applicants must make sure they submit all required documentation and take skills tests and surveys to prove they qualify for their desired positions. Applicants need to make sure the state of Kansas has approved them to work in the school system. USD529.org offers detailed instructions about submitting different certifications and degree information to the state.

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