AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an effort to keep classrooms open amid teachers’ sick leave during this COVID-19 wave, the Austin Independent School District is softening its deal on replacements.
At a meeting of the AISD Board of Trustees Thursday, a plan was drawn up to get more replacements, including reducing the number of required credits and increasing daily wages.
Now people with less than 60 college credits can apply to become a sub and pay is anywhere from $115 to $150 per day. Substitutes are also eligible for a $25 per day bonus if they cover a lesson when Austin-Travis County is in the risk-based guidance of Phase 5 COVID-19. If subs are completed during phase 4 or 5 for an entire month, they can qualify for a $300 bonus.
Leslie Stephens, chief of AISD’s Human Capital division, said about 400 people who work in the district’s central office are filling in as substitutes.
“We’ve structured it so that it’s the same day of the week for employees at a central office every week,” she said.
Stephens said the new strategies were drawn from other districts in the area.
AISD officials said if there is “contact tracing evidence of dispersal in a classroom”, they will close that classroom. That happened once this week at St. Elmo Elementary School, officials said.