WATCH: State executive order to allow state agencies employees to substitute teach

During a heighten phase of COVID and illnesses, Gov. Kevin Stitt is issuing issue an executive order that would allow state employees to become substitute teachers.

The governor said the state employees will be ready to begin as early as Wednesday in a press conference held on Tuesday afternoon.

Under the executive order, state employees will continue to be paid by the State, except they will go to a school for work instead of their day-to-day job.

The announcement comes as Fogarty Elementary’s building was empty with students as they were forced to go to distance learning due to the low number of teachers and substitutes.

“I’ve said from the beginning that our students deserve an in-person education and our schools need to stay open. The state has a responsibility to do what we can to help make that happen, which is why I have signed this executive order to help schools suffering from staffing shortages,” said Governor Stitt. “I appreciate schools and teachers that are doing everything they can to provide in-person learning for their students, as well as the business community for stepping up.”


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