When you can't find a substitute....

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  1. Preschool0929

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    I teach in one of the largest districts in my state, and subs are paid really well. However, due to some type of new training requirement this year, the number of subs available to our entire district has drastically reduced this year. Over the past few months, there have been multiple days where teachers were sick and unable to get a sub, and it seems like there is no one solution when this happens. *Typically*, the classroom's students are split between the same grade level classrooms for the day. Every now and then, admin or a resource teacher will step in and lead the class for the day. What would happen in your school if a teacher took off and no sub was available?
     
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    Teachers within the department would cover the teacher's classes during their free periods. It doesn't happen very often, but it stinks when it does.
     
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    An instructional para would be pulled to cover the class. Grade level teachers would help cover recess and lunch duty as needed.
     
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    We would split their class. It happens to us all of the time. Just today, as a matter of fact.
     
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    We pull from our specialists (in a rotating manner, so none have to do all the subbing or missing meeting with their classes) - music, PE, library, our step-before-resource-room person, and counselor. Those teachers that missed that specialist then would be paid for that half hour of time.
     
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    In my school I lose my prep, which I usually just make a study hall for my kiddos. I have worked in a school where teachers had a prep period and a team planning period every day, so they lost one of those times.
     
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    We cannot pull the specials teachers, librarian, counselor, or psychologist to sub--ever! It's in the Master Agreement.

    In the event we can't find a sub, I take over the class.

    I typically sub 8-10 full days/year. It probably doesn't sound like much, but it takes me away from my day-to-day work--which means I have to come in on the weekend to catch up.
     
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    My paras cover my class. They are sometimes better then a sub anyway since they are there day in and day out.
     
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    I put in for a sub and forget about it. It's not my job to find a sub. Especially if I'm calling in sick.
    We've had occasions when there aren't enough subs available and they will pull someone from a PD so their sub can cover a sick day or a para will be pulled to sub in a room. Unfortunately my district isn't paying a lot for subs do some of them prefer other districts, sadly.
     
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    The kids are split up. It happened a lot at the beginning of the year because we had a major substitute shortage, but we've managed to hire more subs since then. It does still happen occasionally, though. When a 3-5 grade sub fails, I'll get about 6-7 extra kids for the day. We only have one admin, so it really doesn't work out for her to be unavailable for an entire day covering a class. The teacher provides work - we are all required to have a class set of work packets for a day in the event that there is no sub.

    I'm curious about the para comments. Are your paras all certified? Ours aren't, so they can't legally cover a class - at least that is my understanding. In CA, you have to have a credential or a sub permit.
     
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    We have two paras in my building who have sub clearance.
     
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    That's true where I come from too, but it doesn't stop admin from using them (or student teachers) to cover classrooms.
     
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    Our classes are split up. It's basically a wasted day for that subject area. Some kids won't that subject at all that day. It's the pits, but it beats admin telling a teacher that she isn't allowed to be out that day.
     
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    I have to cover. They have a different specials teacher cover every hour until they hopefully find a sub. Then they have the title 1 teacher, librarian, or even the principal cover in the afternoon if we have a whole day without a sub. There's one teacher who's gone all of the time, so I regularly have to cover her class.
     
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    Most instructional aides (paras) I've ever met only have 12 college units--which is the minimum requirement to apply for a para position.

    Keeping that in mind, asking a para to sub wouldn't be an option for me. :(
     
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    Our paras are allowed to substitute - there's nothing preventing it in my district. However, pulling them leaves the students they work with unsupported, and even affects if the students' IEP hours are met, since para support and instruction count toward them.
     
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    We have very few subs to choose from. We are supposed to find our own subs, but if we can't, we let admin know and they will try. If a sub isn't available, the class is split at the grade level.
     
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    We would be guilted by the head secretary to see if we really needed the day off, then a para would take over.
     
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    I have 2 paras in my classroom, but our district is pretty strict about a certified teacher always being in the classroom....to the point that I'm not allowed to use the restroom during the day unless another teacher or therapist comes in to let me go.
     
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    I work as a sub and have been in similar situations, where the person I am subbing for it a "specials" teacher, and then they may pull me from that assignment and put me in the regular class.

    I do not really like this very much, because a couple of times when it happened the regular teacher I covered for was one I would NEVER accept an assignment for! There are just some classes I will NOT sub for.

    Where I work there has to be a licensed teacher in the room, (like another comment here,) so I cannot even leave the room for a rest room break unless another teacher can come in.

    Oddly, I do not really know of any other way our district handles a situation when the teacher is out and no sub is available, but I imagine that they use specials teachers or the librarian or other licensed staff.
     
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    We have an in-house sub schedule. Each teacher has to sign up for 2 periods over a 6 day cycle to sub if we are needed. It's more for if someone is running late, needs to attend a meeting, or has an emergency and needs to leave. Since September, I have only subbed for 1 period so far, so not really a biggie.
     
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    We paras are not allowed to do anything without a teacher present where I'm at. They've cut the budget so much that we have no specials teachers, and all of the specialists except for the ELL and SPED teachers have been let go, and they won't use those for subs. On the increasing number of days that we can't get a sub, they will have all of the students from that grade level go to the media center and the remaining teachers from that grade level will spend all day out there teaching them. Other schools in the district have the principal take over for the day, but ours doesn't do that.
     

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