Even in years without tumult, it takes a village to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, and leaders. But now more than ever, Canyons District is relying on members of the community to help all of its 50 schools and programs continue to operate smoothly.
While the corps of certified substitutes in Canyons is strong, the demand for substitute teachers who can step into the classroom at a moment’s notice is growing by the day as CSD starts the 2021-2022 school year in earnest.
While 83 percent of Canyons District teachers and other licensed personnel participated in last year’s CSD COVID-19 vaccination clinics, employees are still asked to stay at home if they are experiencing such symptoms as a sore throat, sniffles, fever or a cough. Teachers also require substitutes for medical reasons, such as maternity leave or surgery.
Additionally, the majority of teachers are parents, and there are days when they need stay home with their children who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms.
“Last year, when we needed substitutes, our community stepped up in a big way. We put out a call for substitutes and so many people stepped forward, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work in so many important capacities,” said Sally Sansom, Canyons District’s Human Resources Administrator. “This year, the need is just a great — if not greater.”
In just the first few weeks of the school year, CSD is receiving more than 100 requests a day for substitutes. Canyons is committed to ensuring that every class has supervision, but the dearth of active subs has required schools to ask office staff to leave their regular duties to teach a class, or recruit part-time employees to come in on their days off, Sansom said.
Sansom also some teachers have been asked to do double-duty to cover for an ill colleague. Employees at the Canyons District Offices are being asked to break free from their duties if there’s a class that needs to be covered, as well.
Canyons has several kinds of substitutes, ranging from those who have a teachers’ license, such as retired teachers, to regular and emergency substitutes. The pay ranges from $95-$137 per day, depending on credentials. There also are additional stipends for long-term substitutes.
This year, despite having nearly 300 substitutes in its pool, Canyons is looking for members in the community who would consider working as an emergency substitute to step in and fill in the gaps. Busy substitutes who are willing to accept the daily teaching jobs can earn up to $500 a week.
“What person doesn’t like to go into a job and realize, if I wasn’t there today, there would be a big void — my taking on this job filled a huge hole that was there in the school, and I really made a difference?” Sansom asks. “If there are ways we can help our schools, our communities, and we are looking for ways to do that, subbing is a great thing to do.”
Members of the community who want to be a substitute are asked to go to canyonsdistrict.org. Please scroll down to “Be a Sub” button and submit the appropriate application information.
Questions? Please call CSD’s Human Resources Department at 801-826-5477.