RALEIGH, N.C. — Leaders in North Carolina are working to help alleviate the staffing shortages at schools across the state.
Governor Cooper announced Wednesday an extension of the policy, which allows state employees to use volunteer days to fill in at schools.
“We want to keep students learning safely in the classroom and encourage state employees to serve as substitutes and volunteers and be able to keep any compensation they receive,” Gov. Cooper said. “This extension gives school districts more time to bring in volunteers and gives our generous state employees more opportunities to lend their talents to their local schools.”
They would be able to work as substitute teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and other needed roles.
The policy is extended through April 15. Read the existing Community Service Leave policy and the temporary exception allowing expanded use of the policy in schools.
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