This is the time of year when the district tries to save a bit of cash by not hiring or calling for sufficient substitute teachers. That means many of us have to cover classes unnecessarily when we have better things to do, like prepare for a lesson, correct papers, and so on. By contract, the district has to call for sufficient substitutes and an individual school’s desire to save on the expense are both unacceptable. Here’s what the contract says:
It is the policy of the (school) committee toast substitutes shall be hired to cover classes of regularly-assigned teachers when they are absent. (p. 33 8 (b))
If your school has suffered from a recent lack of substitutes, have the Building Rep ask the principal how and why it happened. We suggest that the Building Rep then follow up with the BTU office to make sure that the principal actually did what he or she said they’d do.
Sometimes there are insufficient substitute teachers available; sometimes the school doesn’t ask for the required number needed, preferring to save a few dollars. In either case, it may be a violation of the contract and is definitely worth pursuing.
If you lose a P&D or SEIMS period or have to accept additional students because a substitute is not called for (or for any other reason), see here to make sure you get compensated. On the other hand. we’d prefer that there be sufficient substitute teachers, so let’s make sure that the CBA language cited above is implemented.