Substitute Teachers Have Virtually Disappeared During Pandemic

Substitute Teachers Have Virtually Disappeared During Pandemic

( – The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown education into chaos. Students across the country stayed home for more than a year in some cities. Teachers have had an equally hard time as they tried to do their jobs but severe shortages have made it difficult. On top of all that, it’s been very hard to find substitutes to fill in when necessary.

In Los Angeles, it’s become almost impossible to find substitutes to fill in when a teacher is out. As a result, educators are being forced to miss their planning periods and cover classrooms instead. That’s forcing exhausted teachers to take their work home with them in the evening. Instead of making the hiring process easier for subs, the school district is actually making it more confusing as policies constantly change. And to top it all off, many substitutes don’t qualify for health insurance unless they worked 100 days the previous year – something that was almost impossible during the lockdowns.

The problem isn’t unique to LA as school districts across the nation are in need of subs. Some are even recruiting parents to fill positions.

On January 12, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed an executive order allowing school districts to issue emergency substitute teacher credentials. Pennsylvania, Washington, and Texas all implemented similar emergency orders. Texas is accepting people with a minimum of 30 college credits or who have recently been discharged from active-duty service in the military. Kansas has completely removed the requirement for college credits.

If Americans are interested in helping the school districts in their cities, they should contact their local school board to find out the qualifications.

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