Las Vegas, Nevada 2022-05-20 02:23:12 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — Clark County School District’s teachers and staff burned out, many absents on Friday, and a shortage of agents led to other staff getting the work. Review by 8NewsNow I-Team was found.
The I-Team investigated staff absenteeism that began after a five-day suspension in January. The school closure was aimed at combating both coronavirus and fatigue. As part of the union contract, teachers get 15 illnesses in the first grade. The day can be carried over to the next year or later.
8 News Now previously spoke with a teacher who retired 31 years later and had more than 300 days of unused illness, but only 100 of them were paid, according to a negotiated agreement between the school district and the union. bottom. Teachers said the district offered $ 5 per unused day when they retired.
From mid-January to mid-May, more than 11% of CCSD staff went out on average on Fridays. The day after the most absent staff is Monday, with an average of nearly 9% absent.
The data provided by CCSD falls into the categories of illness, personal leave, leave, and other categories. According to the data, most vacations consist of normal illness.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, on average, more than 7% of staff were out.
“It’s really hard to be in the classroom right now,” one teacher who didn’t want to be identified told I-Team. Many teachers said they didn’t want to talk on the camera about this issue in retaliation.
“It’s very difficult at this point, and it’s true,” the teacher quoted as the transition to classroom learning, citing the CCSD asking for an influx of student-to-student violence. “We have a lot of support from our admins. They are great, it’s just a lot of pressure. It’s really hard to get things done.”
“Are there any staff members who are always out on Mondays and Fridays?” I-Team’s David Charns asked the teacher.
“I just know there are a lot of people,” the teacher replied.
In addition to the problem, covering the classroom of other teachers means that it takes time for the teacher to perform the tasks that must be completed: lesson planning, scoring, data entry and other obligations. Staff are paid when covering a colleague’s shift.
“From 30 minutes after school to the contract time, it’s not enough for us all to sit together and do what we’re supposed to do,” said the teacher.
In Nevada, substitute teachers only need a high school diploma. Last year, the CCSD Board raised the salary of its agents from $ 90 to $ 110 per day.
On average, about one-third of staff are covered on the go, whether they are ill or not.
“The lack of teachers in the classroom obviously affects children, but as I said, my children’s school did not start full staffing this year,” CCSD parents said. Brittney Davis said.
Davis does not blame teachers for having to take leave, especially if they are ill. With the teacher’s health insurance problem resolved, many employees are now able to see a doctor. The doctor withdrew the Teacher Health Trust because of a complaint that the health insurance did not pay the invoice.
“The teachers are stressed by the additional work they have to do, in addition to all the additional requirements from the school district, because they have no one to cover things,” Davis said. ..
Nine of the top ten most staffed days were Fridays. On Friday, one in ten staff members left the building, with the majority complaining of illness. On April 29, the day when the most staff were absent during the four-month period, nearly 15% were absent.
By comparison, the top 10 days with the most staff working were mainly Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“Are they burned out?” 8 News Now John Langeller asked Dr. Jesus Jara, director of CCSD, in a recent interview on “Politics Now.”
“Absolutely they are tired, everyone is tired,” Jara said. “If the teacher gets tired, the kids get tired, the staff get tired, right? So how do you get rid of some of these things that remain to keep you focused?”
Jara said his team is working to reduce the number of vacancies and absenteeism, citing retention and recruitment bonuses. Now, at the end of the school year, the level of burnout is real and the work is piled up.
“Whether it’s Monday, Friday, or the day of the week, it only robs us of that time,” said the unidentified teacher.
In a report released in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, 5,000 school districts said, “Friday tends to have high absenteeism and low sufficiency.” According to the National Employee Absence and Proxy Data Report, the average sufficiency rate, or percentage of staff covered on the go, was twice that of CCSD.
The median number of days absent from private sector workers was 15 days, compared to 125 days for state or civil servants, according to US Labor Statistics reports.
Many teachers who sent messages to I-Team in preparation for this report can use their illness as they please, and the district needs to do more to hire agents and staff. Said.