With a nationwide shortage of workers to fill vacancies across a multitude of industries, school districts are having a tough time hiring for substitute positions. “These are temporary positions that help to support our schools in a variety of ways. They are vital to our operation. Right now, we have a need for substitute teachers, instructional aides, playground assistants, and clerical support,” said Rick Messer, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.
To help fill this need, the Natomas Unified School District is reaching out to its families and community members to consider applying for these temporary positions, and they’ve even raised the pay for substitute teachers to attract more qualified candidates. “Our new daily pay for substitute teachers begins at $165. It can increase based on a variety of other factors.” In addition, the district is also covering the cost of a candidate’s fingerprinting, and they will make every effort to place parents/guardians at their student’s school if at all possible.
“More than anything, it’s a way for our parents/guardians to give back to the Natomas community and be a part of helping our students to grow and succeed. That in itself is rewarding.” Another change to broaden the pool of candidates to substitute teach is the elimination of the requirement of passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). If candidates hold a Bachelor’s Degree, they may not need to have proof of passing the CBEST. Details can be found at the California Teaching Commission website at ctc.ca.gov.
To get started with the process of becoming a substitute for the Natomas Unified School District, please visit our website at https://natomasunified.org/departments/human-resources/substitute-employment/.