Substitutes and Reasonable Assurance

The following law describes how Reasonable Assurance (RA) works. Be sure to offer RA to all newly hired substitutes, no matter when they are hired.

 RCW 50.44.053 – Reasonable Assurance

Agreement to Return

  • Washington State law recognizes “reasonable assurance” as a written, verbal or implied agreement to perform the same services under the same terms and conditions in the second year or term as was done in the first.
  • School district employees with educational wage credits are not eligible for benefits during school breaks if there is an understanding that they will return to work after the break in a like position.
  • Substitutes with reasonable assurance will not be allowed benefits during scheduled school breaks, including summer break.

Reasonable assurance in one district serves as reasonable assurance with all districts where the substitute works.

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