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Schools have taken steps to hire more building, long-term substitute teachers


School districts in several communities, including Cincinnati Public Schools, have been recruiting daily, long-term and building substitute teachers to deal with a potential uptick in illnesses because of COVID-19. Hamilton County Educational Service Center provides substitute teachers to all of the schools in Hamilton County outside of Cincinnati Public Schools and to most of the schools in Clermont County.

“Recruitment has been good; hiring has been good,” said Matt Wendeln, a program manager at Hamilton County ESC.

“The needs are a little bit different because of COVID,” Wendeln said. “Schools want to be prepared for the emergency sick leave and those two-week quarantines or three-day stay-at-home. So they want to have some building subs lined up to do that. So that’s been the largest recruitment difference.”