TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Friday is Substitute Educators Day, a day set aside to recognize those who step into the classroom when teachers have to step out.
School districts across the nation rely more heavily on substitutes this year as teachers deal with the added pressures of COVID-19.
We spoke with Florida Education Association Vice President Carole Gauronskas, who explained how much districts appreciate subs for keeping our education system functioning.
"It's very hard, but they are the rock, the bedrock of what we do when we try to take a personal day," said Gauronkas. "And right now, the stress level is so great, teachers are trying to take personal days and they're being denied because we don't have the number of subs we need each day."
Earlier this year, we saw administrators and even the Superintendent in Gadsden County covering classes while teachers were out for COVID-19 quarantine.
Leon County currently has subs on standby and say at this time, and they believe they will have ample subs to help cover teacher outages over the holidays.