(The title reminds me of the South Park episode when there was a sub, and Chef tried to woo her by singing a song called "No Substitute for You." Funny stuff.)
We had a rough week at work. Our 7th grade teacher needed major surgery, and had to miss a week of work (possibly more, I haven't heard anything about next week yet). We don't have any subs for our school, because we don't have the money to pay for them. In past years, we've used our librarian as a sub, but she resigned over the summer. We also sometimes use the teacher's aide that Pre-K and K share. But we couldn't ask her to sub 7th grade for a whole week. So here was the solution our principal came up with: The K teacher taught 7th grade from 8-10, the Pre-K teacher taught 7th from 10-12. While they were teaching upstairs, the teacher's aide taught their class for those 2 hours. Then the principal taught 7th grade for the afternoon. One afternoon, she had a meeting, so we split the 7th grade up and put a few kids in each classroom for the afternoon.
The weather in Philly has been unseasonably warm and humid this past week, and everyone is coming down with a late-summer head cold. At lunch one day, the teachers got into a conversation about sick days. One woman wasn't feeling well, and her husband said, "Just call out." She tried to explain to him that it's not that easy to call out when you're a teacher. It's almost more work to call out than it is to go in and fake your way through the day. You have to have emergency lesson plans ready to go, complete with schedules and class lists and dismissal lines and important notes about kids. Then the next day, you have to go in and find out what happened while you were gone, reteach anything that wasn't taught right, and teach anything that wasn't taught at all. And in our school, you have to sit home and spend your sick day knowing that K and Pre-K are out of an aide for the day... or in past years, knowing that teachers won't get their break, because the librarian is subbing your class.
We have a faculty meeting tomorrow. If the 7th grade teacher isn't back by Tuesday, then our principal is going to come up with a new plan for subs. I have a feeling it's going to involve asking me & the 2nd grade teacher to replace the K and Pre-K teacher as morning subs.
Does anyone know a more polite way of saying, "No way in hell"?