Per diem service refers to pedagogic personnel serving on a day to day basis in a school and/or any of its programs. Employees serving on a per diem basis are commonly referred to as substitute teachers. However, per diem employees can be either teachers or other types of pedagogues. The categories of service paid on the per diem payroll include:
Occasional per diem
A teacher assigned on a day-by-day-as-needed basis to fill occasional vacancies due to a teacher absence. This employee is paid at a fixed rate for each day of service.
Long-term per diem (Z-Status)
An occasional per diem teacher who works 30 or more consecutive days in the same position covering the same absence becomes a long-term per diem teacher. This individual receives salary at 1/200th of the salary step (up to step 4A including differentials) that would be entitled on a full-time basis, instead of the occasional daily rate.
Non-attendance benefits are not available. Sick leave is earned at the rate of one day for each calendar month in which per diem employment with legal holidays equal or exceeds 20 days. After serving 60 full days, the long-term per diem teacher will earn three vacation days and for each 20 days thereafter one additional day is earned up to a maximum of nine vacation days.
A per diem employee engaged for a full term but for less than five full days per week (e.g., 2 days every week). The full/part-time employee receives a salary pro-rated for the time worked at 1/200th of the salary step (up to step 4A including differentials) that would be entitled on a full time basis. After serving 60 full days, the F-status teacher will earn three vacation days and for each 20 days thereafter one additional day is earned up to a maximum of nine vacation days.