Maintaining an appropriate level of staffing in the district is essential to providing a safe and effective learning environment for students and working environment for employees. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, staffing needs may increase/change and shortages will likely occur due to exposure/illness, the need to care for family members at home, and/or the possibility of the district facing retirements and resignations of employees who do not want to work under current conditions.
In recognition that some employees may be anxious or fearful about contracting the virus while at work, the district will be empathetic and listen to concerns raised. We will communicate regularly about the importance of health and safety and the recommended precautions like hand washing and wearing masks, along with being vigilant in its cleaning procedures and protocols. Employees and their families will have access to the employees assistance program for counseling services and many other benefits and training.
Targeted recruitment plans and efforts will be on-going for hard to fill positions in identified shortage areas such as cleaners, bus drivers, and substitutes. The district continues to evaluate the potential implications for staffing related to how many teachers and other staff will be needed, how they will be assigned, and the ways they will need to teach—whether in person, via virtual learning, or in a hybrid environment.
Teacher and principal evaluation system
All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan.
Certification, incidental, teaching and substitute teaching
All teachers will hold valid and appropriate certificates for teaching assignment, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or education law.
Substitute teachers will be obtained through BOCES Subfinder Service. QUFSD will collaborate with the BOCES on recruitment efforts and required COVID-19 related training.
Substitutes teachers will be instructed to stay home if they are feeling sick. Substitute teachers will participate in the district health screening process via a kiosk near the entrance of each building. If they are not cleared, they will be instructed to leave campus.