School district asks parents to get certified as substitute teachers

Schools in Wisconsin are facing staff shortages due to COVID-19. Continued coverage: COVID-19 in Wisconsin The Greendale School District said the number of sick teachers more than doubled the number of options available to replace them. “We’re really struggling to make sure we have coverage in every class,” said Greendale School Superintendent Kim Amidzich. Greendale High School is all virtual this week as members of staff prepare for teachers in elementary and middle school classrooms for COVID-19. “At this time, we don’t have enough teachers to live in the school building,” Amidzich said. “We’ve had to redeploy and get creative with how we deploy our staff in classrooms.” The district has 44 teachers with COVID-19 and a pool of only 20 available substitute teachers. The school board called for help, asking parents to step in and get certified as alternative teachers. “If you have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, we will help you find a path to certification so that you are able to become a substitute teacher,” Emidzich said. Staff shortages have forced Greendale to transfer support staff, administrative assistants, and custodians to other non-classroom roles. For example, the custodial staff has been assigned the task of plying the school buses. But the biggest need is in classrooms, where substitute teachers are in short supply, and everyone who can step in is doing what they can. Keep students in class. “We have our administrators, I myself entered the first grade class this year because we need people in the classroom.” So far, three parents have responded to Greendale’s call for qualified substitute teachers. The district is expecting to find 10 times more. Emidzich said she hopes to have enough teachers back in the classroom by Monday for in-person learning in high school. Sign up for COVID-19 email alerts from WISN Receive breaking news alerts on the WISN 12 app. Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | youtube

Schools in Wisconsin are facing staff shortages due to COVID-19.

Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 in Wisconsin

The Greendale School District said the number of sick teachers more than doubled the number of options available to replace them.

“We’re really struggling to make sure we have coverage in every class,” said Greendale School Superintendent Kim Amidzich.

Greendale High School is all virtual this week as staff members shift to elementary and middle school classrooms to keep teachers covered with COVID-19.

“At this point in time, we don’t have enough teachers to live in the school building,” Amidzich said. “We’ve had to redeploy and get creative with how we deploy our staff in classrooms.”

The district has 44 teachers with COVID-19 and a pool of only 20 available substitute teachers.

The school board called for help, asking parents to step in and get certified as alternative teachers.

“If you have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, we will help you find a path to certification so that you are able to become a substitute teacher,” Emidzich said.

Staff shortages have forced Greendale to move support staff, administrative assistants, and mentors to other non-classroom roles.

For example, the custodial staff is assigned the task of running the school bus.

But the greatest need is in classrooms, where substitute teachers are in short supply, and everyone can do what they can to keep students in the classroom.

“We have our administrators, I myself entered the first grade class this year because we need people in the classroom,” Emidzich said.

So far, three parents have answered Greendale’s call for qualified substitute teachers.

The district is expected to get 10 times more.

Emidzich said he hopes to have enough teachers back in the classroom by Monday for in-person learning in high school.

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