Number of school districts to sub at

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  1. zmp2018

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    Hi, all:

    How many school districts to substitute teachers sub at? I know that the answer varies, but what is the typical number? I am looking to apply at my student-teaching placement school, but I want to have a few others on my list so that I can take jobs regularly. How many is too many?
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Too many is when you are consistently turning down jobs because you are booked elsewhere
     
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    Most of our subs work at no more than 3 districts; but these districts all have around 600 teachers each, so there are plenty of jobs.
     
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    The most I’ve done is two districts, because the others near me were too far out of the way. Even with those two, I heavily preferred one because it paid much better.

    I agree that “too many” is when you’re consistently rejecting more jobs than you can take. One or two kept me working close to full time.
     
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    I only worked at one. It had 8 schools and a very small sub pool. I only wanted to work high school and middle school, and I was busy every day. If a school district has a large sub pool, I'd consider multiple districts.
     
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    I subbed for about 6 months in two districts. I mainly subbed in one (better pay) and I rarely had trouble finding jobs. I only took a job in the other district when I couldn't find a job in my preferred district the night before. Personally, it can't hurt to apply to many districts, but I would accept the most jobs in the district you want to work in. I formed good connections at one middle school because I always took jobs there. It is also more comfortable going to a school that you are familiar with rather than going to new schools every week.
     
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    I worked at one when I subbed. Most of our subs seem to work at three or four. They are as busy as they would like to be because our substitute shortage is even more severe than our teacher shortage.
     
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    I only subbed in one district since it had 2 middle schools and 2 high schools (I was certified 7-12 at the time). I got called pretty much every day. If the district is small I would say branch out to a 2nd district but you don't want to have to turn down jobs too often.
     
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    2-3 is usually optimal. The best is when you can find 2 districts who will have breaks at different times, so you're not losing too many days for spring break, etc. That's why I started subbing in alternative ed 6-7 years ago because they were in session in the summer, only had a few days off for winter break, but teachers still only worked the usual 180+ days so they needed subs. I worked a lot.
     
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    On a semi-unrelated note, the subs we've been getting lately have been very unprofessional/inappropriate. One sub was (almost) a no-show. Our secretary phoned to see if she was coming and she said, "yes" and then abruptly hung up the phone. Ended up arriving 50 minutes after school had already begun (75 minutes past the time she was supposed to be at school). When she finally showed up, I asked if everything was okay (I was subbing for the class since there was no sub), and she gave an irritated, "Mmhmm."

    Another sub commented to my principal about the fact that all of our kids speak Spanish during recess & lunch and that we shouldn't allow it. Then, he started ranting about the border wall and allowing Mexicans into the U.S.! Ugh.

    I placed both of them on the permanent do not call list.
     
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