College students come to the rescue by becoming substitute teachers to keep classrooms operational. The 4,000 plus students of Greenfield-Central Schools have cried for help and asked college students who might be interested in working for a couple of months. This will significantly relieve the understaffed institution.
There have been more than a dozen college students, who come from different colleges and universities, that responded to the call. Some of them are already helping elementary students while their teachers provide instruction online through the classroom monitor. On the other hand, some learners are willing to take all the spring semester lectures online to continue to help out in public schools.
There are existing insufficient teacher issues even before the COVID-19 hit since only a few students pursue the profession. The retirees who used to sub the teachers have been confined in their respective homes due to health concerns. Due to the contact tracing, the majority of the teachers are compelled to do quarantine. Hence, the shortage of staff aggravated, forcing the teachers to shift to distance learning.
Every state has a high rate of substitute requirements, and they have been relying on the retirees to fill in as replacements. Unfortunately, this year’s pretty challenging for the school to convince them since most are either unsure or have begged off.
Aside from the students, school administrators and counselors are requested to fill in to be the substitutes, to get by. Sadly, there’s still not enough.
Schools from Indiana, Connecticut, Nebraska, Iowa, and all other states share the same concern–not enough substitute teachers. Every institution has implemented different strategies such as easing up on eligibility criteria for the replacement teachers by applying for requirement exemptions. Generally, they have to hold a teaching certificate to become a qualified substitute educator.
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