This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. There is a statewide shortage of substitute teachers, and to address this problem, the Salt Lake Chamber recently teamed with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson and others to encourage businesses to help. Here’s Superintendent Dickson.
Many of our school districts have been struggling with positions for substitute teachers and staff, such as bus drivers and cafeteria employees. During the Omicron surge, innovation allowed schools to remain staffed so that students could continue to learn in-person.
Our schools and districts have been innovative in their recruiting efforts. For example, Granite School District sent flyers to households throughout the district asking community members to volunteer. They also hung banners on the fences at every school location announcing the need for support. The Salt Lake Chamber recognized this issue and launched efforts to encourage local businesses to support their employees filling substitute needs.
Districts have seen an uptake in applications and decline in substitute vacancies due to these efforts. Schools, communities, and businesses coming together during times of crisis and calmer days makes all the difference in students getting a quality education.
A shout-out and thank you to those who’ve leaned into this challenge.
Over 675,000 students are enrolled in the state’s 41 school districts and 135 charter schools. At nearly every school there is a need for substitute teachers, so please consider contacting your local school district to see if you can help. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.