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Quincy Public Schools struggling to find substitute teachers

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Do you know who was teaching your kids today?

Chances are higher theses days that it's a substitute teacher.

The flu season is hitting hard...just today, 83 teachers were absent in the Quincy Public Schools.

Substitute teachers are always in demand. But, especially so right now with a lot of sickness going around.

Just Tuesday at Madison Elementary-- they could only find two subs even though they needed four.

And, that's not uncommon.

Laura Overholser was substituting for a 1st grade class at Madison Elementary, and says on average, she's asked to substitute teach 10-15 times a month, and she's not alone.

"I'm surprised sometimes when I sign in the morning and I see all the different names and sub beside it, and definitely it's not unusual for there to be 4 subs in a building," said Overholser.

QPS officials say it's almost impossible to find subs for every teacher out on any given day.

So, how do they handle the empty classrooms?

"We'll pull teachers during their planning period to sub for that classroom, or we have internal subs and we use them if they have a sub certificate to sub for that classroom, and then fill that position," said Penny Little, QPS' Administrative Assistant.

Little says on average the district has a 93% fill rate for substitutes, but it's finding substitutes like Overholser, that's the difficult part.

"We have a lot of absences right now due to flu related sicknesses going through out the building, so we are definitely in need of subs, I mean some days it's fine, other days it's not," said Little.

And as for Overholser, she just wants to do what's best for the district, and more importantly, the kids, no matter how many days a week that is.

"It could be an every day thing, it definitely could, and I'm kind of fortunate, I get some calls ahead of time, but if I didn't have it lined up, definitely the phone's ringing," said Overholser.

If you'd like to substitute teach in Quincy, a bachelor's degree is required, and it pays 75 dollars a day.

And you'll need a high school diploma to fill in for a para-educator where you can make 58 dollars a day.

You can apply online at www.qps.org

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