TULSA, Okla. — A substitute teacher shortage in Green Country has contributed to some school districts diverting to distance learning.
Tulsa Public Schools says they typically have about 400 substitutes employed, but right now they only have about 100.
The district has a substitute teacher recruitment campaign underway, and they are particularly trying to recruit recent TPS grads and college students.
Officials say many districts in our area competing for the same people in the substitute candidate pool, so if one district is struggling, the others likely are, too
While most of TPS is still in distance learning, other districts are moving to distance learning because of a high number of teachers, bus drivers, and students in quarantine with COVID or COVID exposures.
If teachers are in quarantine, they can’t teach the class in person, but most districts allow teachers to teach virtually if they are in quarantine if they still feeling up to it.
If students are in the classroom, a sub is needed to watch over the kids, even if the teacher is working remotely.
Jenks, Muskogee, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Union, and Glenpool districts all have some students from various schools or grade levels learning from home temporarily to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
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