Some Schools Suffering From Substitute Teacher Shortages

Officials with the Chico Unified and Orland Unified school districts are pulling out all the stops amid a substitute teacher shortage.

The Chico Enterprise-Record reports that Orland Unified in Glenn County has already boosted pay by $40 to attract more substitutes. Chico Unified Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Jim Hanlon will ask the school board to consider a similar increase on Dec. 11. His district has gone from 200 to 250 substitutes to just 50 or 60.

The shortage is related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanlon said his theory for the lack of subs is that they’re either older and retired teachers or Chico State graduate students. With Chico State being solely online, there are fewer students available in Chico and those in the older population would rather not be potentially exposed to COVID-19.

“We’re getting it from both ends,” Hanlon said. “Every day, somewhere in the district in multiple areas, we’re short subs.”

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