Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a temporary executive order on Tuesday, Jan. 11, aimed at increasing staffing flexibility in response to shortages caused by the current surge in COVID-19 cases. The order, which takes effect immediately and expires on March 31, will:
- Allow local educational agencies to issue 30-day emergency substitute credentials without regard to whether the recipient has a pending credential or permit application, provided candidates have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and pass a criminal background check.
- Lengthen the duration for which substitute teachers can be assigned to a single general education assignment from the current maximum of 60 days to the new limit of 120 days.
- Permit student teachers to serve as teachers without the requirement that the student teacher be under the direct supervision of a certificated teacher in a classroom for purposes of calculating a school district’s average daily attendance for apportionment for each day, or portion of a day.
- Continue existing financial incentives for retiree teachers. These incentives include suspension of certain post-retirement compensation limitations and suspension of the required 180-day service break — a suspension that applies to classified employees as well.