30% of the absences are filled at my elementary school. Meaning 3 out of 10 teacher absences are actually filled with a sub. This means 7 out of 10 absences are filled with… regular teachers. One too many subs have declared that they will not return to our school.
My already over capacity classroom of 32 students will have an additional 2 to 15 students on days when a teacher misses work. My administration has tried to limit the amount of extra students in my classroom since I am a first year teacher, but I still receive students weekly.
Today I had fourth grade students. Tomorrow, one of the other third grade teachers will be absent.
Creating a classroom culture is a very difficult thing, but maintaining your classroom culture when you have students in and out of your room all the time is even more overwhelming.