World News With Kansas desperate to fill gaps in education staffing amid Omicron’s spread, 18yo high-school grads can qualify as substitute teachers
NEW – The Kansas State Board of Education has temporarily reduced substitute licensure requirements by passing an emergency declaration to assist in the substitute teacher shortage. Read more details in the replies below… pic.twitter.com/P2PGwfeFOQ
— Derby Public Schools (@DerbySchoolsKS) January 12, 2022
But state board member Melanie Haas reportedly called the measure a “last resort,” saying some teachers are angry about the lowering of standards because it makes them feel “very devalued.”
Many US school districts were suffering from teacher shortages even before the Omicron variant caused Covid-19 infections to surge to a record high. The rise in new cases has led to crippling staffing disruptions, such as those that caused thousands of US airline flights to be canceled in recent weeks. With more teachers being sidelined, substitutes are being called upon with increasing frequency.States and school districts around the country have adopted various measures to help fill the void. In Virginia, for instance, schools are hiring college students to teach classes. Elsewhere, some districts have increased pay to attract more substitutes, while others have urged parents to help fill the void.Northside Independent School District in San Antonio this week told local CBS News affiliate KENS-TV that substitutes are currently teaching about 60% of its classes, and it may ease its normal requirement that fill-in teachers have at least 90 hours of college credits.