What happens if you can't get a sub?

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  1. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Comrade

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    What happens if you decide to take a day off or half a day for some reason and can't get a substitute? What happens to your class?
     
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    That highly depends on your school. In my school we are not responsible for getting our own subs. We also have teacher aides and they sub if necessary. Sometimes classes combine. If it is an undue hardship and it is just a PL day, the admin can tell us to make it another day. If it is anything other than that, we make do.
     
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    My district is the same as cng's.
     
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    I was just wondering. The school district I sub for seems to always have a ton of openings and I know they have hired a lot of subs since people have been laid off within the last four months.

    But I don't know if those people that did get hired as a sub left because they couldn't handle it or if they were weeded about because they were just a bad substitute.

    I was curious because some of these jobs are never filled and I didn't have any idea what teachers and or principals do when there isn't a substitute to cover the class.
     
  6. Mrs.Z.

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    At my school now, you HAVE to get someone, or still come in. At my old school, they would send your kids to another teacher's class, doubling the size of their class. Let me tell you how popular those people were when they came back to work the next day. About as popular as the plague.
    I would always offer to take the extra kids just in case I ever needed the favor returned.
     
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    We have to get our own subs or come in. There was one day this year when I only had 6 kids and got sick myself, I was allowed to send 3 kids to the other 2 classes.
     
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    We keep a "split list" -- and our kids are split up among all of the other teachers at the grade level. So in our case, we have 5 teachers, so if one is out without a sub, we each get 1/4 of their class (about 5 students) which isn't so bad. The absent teacher is responsible for having work for them to do -- but if it is a real emergency, we just make extra copies of what we are doing and go from there. When it is only 5, it isn't a big deal.

    We also make our own "split list" so that we choose which five go to this teacher, and which 5 go to that teacher. That way no one teacher gets the 5 most awful students, or the 5 most needy students, or the 5 brightest students. We try to make it a good mix and put tougher students with the more experience teachers, and the real needy ones with a gentle, kind teacher, etc.
     
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    We aren't responsible for getting our own subs. We are responsible for entering our sub request into the sub system, and then the system takes care of things from there.

    In the event that the system can't find a sub, or if the sub doesn't show up, usually the office puts out a request for teachers to cover on their prep.

    If push comes to shove and there are no teachers available on their prep to cover a class without a sub, the class would probably just be herded into the quad or cafeteria and looked after by the hall monitor or something. I've never actually heard of that happening though. Our school has like 150 teachers, so there's always someone on prep who can cover.
     
  10. BioAngel

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    We have a person set up to call in a sub for us. But we can only call at specific times in the morning. Otherwise, the lady who does the scheduling has to figure out which teachers have off when you teach and we have to cover your classes. Not at all a popular thing to do unless you truly have an emergency.
     
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    This. And teachers who take extra students get paid for taking them, too. I ALWAYS volunteer to take the extras - even before I realized we got money.
     
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    At my school the educational assistants are asked to cover a classroom if a sub does not fill a job that is open. I think they get paid extra for this, or get comp time or something. It can't make the kindergarten teachers very happy, though, to have their assistants pulled.
     
  13. Ranchwife

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    Our secretary gets subs for us (there are only 11 of us). If a sub isn't available in the district, then we site sub for the absent teacher. Whoever has prep for a period takes the teachers class for that period. We get paid our daily rate of pay for the hour for doing this. It works out well for us here.
     
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    One day I had a 103 degree fever and the school couldn't find a sub. They just broke up my classes. Our school rarely does that.
     
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    Wish we got paid extra -- but we don't.

    Oh well. :) Can't have it all.
     
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    If we're sick or have an approved personal day, we call the sub service and we are done with our obligation for 'finding a sub'...if for some reason there are not enough subs for the day, other teachers will be called back from workshops so subs can cover for sick/personal day absences. In dire need, there are paras in the building who have sub certificates, or an admin, or 'floater' teacher will cover a sub spot.
     
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    If we don't have a sub then generally whoever has a prep covers the class and gets extra pay. If that can't happen our supervisor covers it. I think the only time we haven't had a sub though is if someone has to leave in the middle of the day due to an emergency.
     
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    Our secretary or principal gets our subs for us. However...we are tight on subs right now so our principal has actually been subbing for the last two days!! :) She taught preschool yesterday and 2nd grade today! Our old principal NEVER would have done that!
     
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    It's not my problem. The office handles getting the subs. There's only been a problem maybe three times (that I know of) in which a sub didn't show. We cover the class until they get one, usually about half an hour.
     
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    We usually double our classes or you have to come in at least I do. I don't want my clas without a teacher so I always make sure that my spot is covered by having the other grade teachers confirm with my over the telephone if I am sick and cannot get to work. I was sick really bad one day and I came in and taught then they covered me with a sub that was already on campus so I was able to go home.
     
  21. DHE

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    That would be scary for me if that happened:D

    Our P gets our sub and if he can't get one then he usually lets our IA fill in for us.
     
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    We call into an automated system and they find a sub. If a sub doesn't show or pick up the absence, they will try to get one of the specialists (guidance, reading coach, behavior specialist-anyone without a classroom) to cover the class. If that isn't possible, they will do like RainWater's school and split up the class. One time they pulled classroom teachers who had interns to cover the class. Anything but having a sub causes hard feelings for someone.
     

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