The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District seeks qualified substitutes to help cover staffing needs as our schools face both routine and COVID-19-related absences (CRAs).
Substitutes have been hard for schools to come by, even before the pandemic hit. Current circumstances have only exasperated statewide substitute shortages. But the need for subs in many school roles has never been greater.
Those interested in classroom substitute teaching must have a bachelor’s degree and pass a background check to acquire a short-term substitute teaching license. But that isn’t the only way to work on a short-term basis for the school district. “If you don’t have a four-year degree, you may substitute as a paraprofessional, in food service, as clerical support or in custodial positions. We need all of these roles,” says Superintendent Bergstrom.
He makes it clear that substitutes in no way undermine the value of the district’s regular staff. “We have simply phenomenal regular staff here and we are not seeking to replace anyone. But there are times when we require substitutes—when our regular staff have a doctor’s appointment or need to take a child to the dentist. Through substitutes, we have a way to have someone come in and fill in so we can provide the great education that has been a part of this district for many years.” Substitutes help the district staff schools at appropriate levels so that students remain safe when there are numerous CRAs or other absences.
How to help
Do you or someone you know want to help the district by becoming a substitute? Learn more at www.isd47.org/employment/substitute-teachers
The district’s current needs and openings are listed here: www.applitrack.com/saukrapids/onlineapp/default.aspx
If you would like to speak to someone in the district office about substitute positions, you may call (320) 253-4703.