BrianEdwards wrote:In my mind, there's a difference between "formal" substitute teachers who are already in place and ready to be used, and a "single-use" substitute teacher who is grabbed in the hallway because 5 Primary teachers didn't show up and they need two-deep help with the classes. I know that the Church is now much more careful about which adults are with youth/children and making sure they are trained. I'm just wondering if the spirit of the law also extends to anyone who might be asked to temporarily fill in, or if there's intentional flexibility for a local leader to determine where to make a distinction. If the Handbook and other online materials don't make this clarification, that's fine, -- but I don't want to be charting our own path if there was additional guidance.
Your priesthood leaders are responsible for interpreting the handbook if there are questions. We can all give your opinions on the forum, but that is all they are.
My opinion: In this day and age, I would be wary of any Primary or YM/YW or SS presidency member just grabbing an available member "in the hall" or "from an adult class" to sit in with youth classes. That is a risky proposition at best. It might be fine, but if something bad happens it could get ugly very quickly. If I was bishop (I am not, currently), I would suggest combining classes first as a work around to use the teachers who have had the required safety training.