Hey everyone, I'm teaching first grade (it's my second year teaching and my first in first grade) and I'm having a very challenging year. I have 22 students, and we don't have parapros in first grade. Among other things, one thing that has really been wearing on me is the fact that whenever another first grade teacher is out, the substitute is cancelled and the students are split among the other teachers. So on these days (I've had 4 this year already) I have 6 extra students with no advance notice. It is very frustrating for me, the students in my class, and the students from the other class because it's a big change to deal with each time. I think either the district is not providing funding for subs to the school, or the school is deciding not to have subs. I was out last week and a sub came in for me. When asked why the other teacher didn't have a sub, we were told, "Well, your team had one last week," as if we're being punished for being out. Whenever we have to be out, we feel terrible because we know that the other teachers are being burdened. Is this normal in your district? I'm just having a very hard time. I have to keep praying that God gives me enough energy to make each day positive. Thanks for reading this.