The teachers are sick, but you know, send your kids to school anyway:
[New Mexico] Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced the initiative, which encourages state workers and National Guard members to volunteer to become licensed as substitute teachers or child care workers, to support New Mexico’s schools and child care facilities, which “like those in the rest of the nation, are facing extreme staffing shortages due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.”
This is happening in other states, too, as the story tells us:
And New Mexico isn’t alone in employing less-than-traditional substitute teachers. In September, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced he was making 250 National Guard personnel available to transport students to school as the school year began amid a bus driver shortage. And earlier this week, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced a program to allow state employees to volunteer as substitute teachers to supplement the state’s staffing shortage without reduction to their current pay or benefits.
Other states have made their substitute teacher licensing more accessible, like in California where Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed an executive order temporarily relaxing some state regulations around the hiring of substitute teachers, and in Kansas where some substitute teacher positions have recently been opened up to certain individuals without college experience.
We need mask/vaccine mandates. This is a public health crisis on every level.