Gov. issues staffing order
January 24, 2022
On Jan. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom released Executive Order N-3-22 to provide immediate, short-term solutions to address educator shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent Omicron surge.
The latest order seeks to provide staffing flexibility and builds on previously issued Executive Orders. Provisions take effect immediately and expire on March 31, 2022.
To utilize these flexibilities, the district superintendent, county superintendent of schools or charter school leader is required to make a written finding stating that the temporary staffing flexibility will provide support and allow continued in-person services for students despite staffing shortages caused by a rise in Omicron cases. Key provisions include:
Emergency Substitute Permits: Many of the eligibility requirements for an emergency substitute teaching permit have been suspended. Temporary certificates may now be issued to applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a background check.
Substitute Teaching Extension: Previously, the length of time a substitute teacher may serve in a single general education classroom was extended from 30 days to 60 days. This order has now extended it once more to 120 days.
Student Teachers: Student teachers may be assigned to a classroom without the supervision of a credentialed teacher; penalties will be waived.
For retired educators: Suspends post-retirement compensation limitations for compensation earned during the 2021-22 school year (comparable duty compensation limits are still applicable). Suspends certain procedural requirements for approving a retired educator’s return to work. Seeks to expand the currently suspended 180-day sit-out requirement for additional types of retired educators. CalSTRS will be providing further guidance.
Online Resource
Download a Sample Declaration & Finding for Staffing Flexibilities.
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