With determination, careful planning, and adherence to state and county guidelines for safe reopening, Coronado Unified School District has done what most in California have not. The district has opened its doors for in-person learning opportunities at all grade levels kindergarten through 12th grade.
“The community response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Superintendent Karl Mueller. “In fact there has been an outpouring of support from parents and community members contacting the district offering to help in any way needed.”
While few schools in the state have opened, those that have find themselves facing a shortage of substitute employees in all departments. In fact, CUSD elementary schools were forced to send students back to full time distance learning in early December due to staffing shortages.
“When members of our staff who are critical to the operations on campus cannot come to school and there is no one on the sub list to call, we have no option but to have students stay home,” said CUSD Superintendent Karl Mueller.
“It will take a village to keep our schools open,” he said. Luckily we live in a village.
“We want to tap into the amazing resources in our own community,” said Mueller. The district has long recognized the deep and diverse talent pool of highly educated retirees and parents that live in Coronado and has sought opportunities over the years to bring that knowledge base to students. “Not only will having community members sub in the schools help us stay open, we expect, as a bonus, it will enhance the student experience as well,” shared Mueller.
Parent groups across the state are forming to build up substitute pools so that schools can stay open. CUSD is reaching out directly to the community and seeking substitutes across all departments at all grade levels. “We need long term subs to monitor classrooms where teachers have not yet returned to campus but are teaching online from home, and short term subs for the occasion where a teacher needs to temporarily quarantine,” explained Mueller. Other non-classroom positions are needed as well.
Community members who want to work in the classroom will need to obtain an emergency substitute teaching permit through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A bachelor’s degree, background check and fingerprinting are also required.
The District Office is prepared to help anyone interested to facilitate required documents. For those interested in serving CUSD in some capacity, please contact the Human Resources Department at 619-522-8900 x 1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for us. We want our students back on campus. In order to do so we must expand our resources and staffing. We need members of our community in order to remain on track with our phased reopening plan,” Mueller stated.