The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) started the new school year with 80 teacher vacancies, “which may lead to shuffling teachers during the first few weeks of school,” according to a new report by EdSource.
EdSource says that “substitutes, retired teachers and teachers on special assignment” are being tapped to fill gaps amid a nationwide shortage in teachers.
The president of the local teachers’ union expressed concern to the publication that reassigning teachers to different schools or classes can be disruptive not just for teachers, but also for student learning.m A WCCUSD spokesperson said the district has been proactive in trying to shuffle teacher assignments before the start of the school year.
Both the union president and WCCUSD acknowledged to EdSource that the teacher shortage is a nationwide problem as many burnt-out teachers resign in droves. WCCUSD states hundreds of teachers have resigned from the district since the start of the pandemic.