Governor issues new temporary executive order intended to address school staffing shortages

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.

CSBA will provide additional analysis of the executive order as more information becomes available. In the meantime, you can read the order here and submit comments and questions to