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URGENT REQUEST: Seeking Bus Drivers, Emergency Substitute Teachers, Substitute Paraeducators, Health Room Assistants & a School Bus Mechanic


As our district prepares for at-school learning, by gradually phasing in groups of students per state guidelines, we have a significant need to hire more school bus drivers, emergency substitute teachers, substitute paraeducators, health room assistants and a bus mechanic (newly added). The pandemic, coupled with the related new public health requirements for schools, is presenting new challenges for adequately staffing our schools. For example, social distancing in classrooms means few students are allowed per room, and if a teacher needs to stay home sick, we can no longer combine classrooms for supervision.


Many parents have reached out to inquire what they can do to help get students back in school.  Now we have these very urgent and important needs that we implore all to consider. Bus drivers, emergency substitute teachers, substitute paraeducators, health room assistants and another school bus mechanic are critical for our district’s ability to support more students in person, and to keep schools open once students are approved to return.


Please apply online through the Job Opportunities link on the district website.

There you will find job postings for the following positions. 


Bus Driver:

The district provides paid training and reimbursement for CDL licensing, and once trained, starting wages are $26.13/hour. Additionally, the district is offering new hires a $1,500 bonus opportunity (specifically, this is a $1,000 bonus upon completion of the training program and a  $500 bonus once a driver is assigned a regular route). Current SVSD employees can also earn a $500 bonus for referring a candidate who completes the training and begins driving students.


If you have any questions about working in our Transportation Department, please contact Belle Tromp at (425) 831-8020 or If you know of anyone who would like to become a bus driver, please encourage them to apply as soon as possible through Job Opportunities. While we have been dealing with a bus driver shortage for years, this need is even greater during the pandemic since some drivers are not available due to health risks.


Emergency Substitute Teacher:

Adults with at least an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and an interest in working in the classroom may apply to be an Emergency Substitute Teacher. The substitute wage at the elementary level is $200 for an 8.5 hour day. The substitute rate at the secondary level is $166.43 for a 7.5 hour day. If you are interested, please submit your application through the Job Opportunities link. If approved, Human Resources will support your process of Washington State certification through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). If you have additional questions, please go to Job Opportunities, or contact Ashley Johnson in Human Resources at  


Substitute Paraeducator:

Paraeducators work with students under the direction of a teacher, supporting students in their daily work. Apply for the Classified Substitute position through Job Opportunities. Substitute paraeducators earn $17.43-$18.65 per hour, depending on the position.


Health Room Assistant:

We also have a need for additional Health Room Assistants. The Health Room Assistant, under the direction of the School Nurse, provides direct support in the health room. The purpose of this position is to administer first aid according to district policies, guidelines and state laws; attend to ill or injured students and to follow a pre-determined course as per Health Services protocol; maintain a log of all students utilizing health room services; dispense medication according to district policy and state laws; perform certain treatments after receiving required training as delegated to by the registered nurse; assist with screening programs; maintain required student health records as delegated to by the registered nurse; complete accident reports (student and staff) per Health Services protocol; check for head lice and determine re-entry to school following Health Services protocol; maintain confidentiality with regard to district-related records and other duties or responsibilities as assigned. (To apply, look for Job ID 653 on Job Opportunities link.) 


School Bus Mechanic:

Seeking an experienced mechanic to join our Transportation Team as a fleet mechanic to work on school buses and motor pool vehicles.  Automotive and/or diesel mechanic experience preferred. We'll also train as needed. Starting wage is $29.33 per hour. Fulltime position includes benefits. (To apply, look for Job ID 706 on the Job Opportunities link.) 


To learn more about all the safety precautions that have been put in place to protect staff and students at school, when in person learning resumes, please explore our online Return-to-School Safety Handbook for Families. We have implemented numerous safeguards to support in-person learning, all of which meet or exceed recommended modifications for schools to reopen during the pandemic.


We appreciate your serious consideration and encourage your application!