With the vaccine mandate for NYC teachers and schools staffers going into effect today, the city is in dire need of at least 3,700 substitute teachers.
The vacancies are now up for immediate filling and amount to an average of about two subs per each of the system’s roughly 1,800 schools — though the needs at some schools, including in Brooklyn and Queens, are far greater, according to a report The New York Post.
According to the email that was obtained by the media outlet, the starting dates for the fill-in gigs range from Monday to May 2022, though the bulk of the roles begin in October, according to the email sent to the pool of public school substitute teachers.
As an “additional financial incentive,” the DOE is offering subs an extra $50 per day for working at least 10 days between Sept. 20 and Nov. 24, the email says. The DOE is also looking to cover an additional 3,020 spots for paraprofessional substitute teachers — aides that work with special education and disabled students.
As it stands, 15,000 DOE employees including about 5,500 teachers have refused to take the jab. These employees have been given the choice of taking a year of unpaid leave with health insurance or leaving the DOE with severance.