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Butte School District No. 1 says substitute teachers are in dire shortage

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BUTTE- Butte School District No. 1 is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, and full-time teachers could be experiencing pressure as result.

Human Resource Director Therese McClafferty said the issue was addressed with staff at a meeting earlier this week.

McClafferty said it's also tough to hire substitutes since it's not a permanent position, and sub teachers can't accrue sick time or vacation days.

When asked if teachers are being pressured to come to work sick due to the shortage, McClafferty said the school keeps the teachers' health in mind. "They could feel some pressure. But we advise if they feel sick, to stay home. We don't like to spread illness," said McClafferty.

To substitute teach in the Butte School District, applicants must have a high school diploma and at least 60 college credits.

"So the credits might be a hurdle that people have to cross in order to be a sub," said McClafferty.

McClafferty said she spoke with other school districts in Montana and they're experiencing similar issues. McClafferty said it's a nationwide problem.

Applicants who do qualify can check out the school district's website for more information. The district hopes to hire more substitutes throughout the year.

Nine schools are in the district, including Butte High School, Butte High Career Center, East Middle School and six elementaries.

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