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Oklahoma City Public Schools bumps substitute pay amid state's school staffing shortage

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Oklahoma City Public Schools announced the district is increasing its substitute pay by $70 a day compared to before the pandemic.

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree can now make up to $135 a day to be a sub at an OKCPS site.

If a guest educator subs five days in a row, there is also a $100 bonus.

The daily pay structure looks like this:

  • Certified teacher $80 + COVID Stipend of $70 = $150
  • Bachelor’s Degree $65 + COVID Stipend of $70 = $135
  • High School Diploma $55 + COVID Stipend of $70 = $125

“OKCPS has remained focused on our health and safety practices from the onset of the pandemic, and we know that a layered approach to mitigation is our best way to keep our schools open and keep our students learning together in-person,” the district said in a statement.

The move comes after a spate of closures and distance learning due to the coronavirus across the district and Oklahoma. Thousands of children have missed school and more than 300 districts have had to pivot or close amid staffing shortages and student absences because of the raging Omicron variant.

Earlier this week, Gov. Kevin Stitt called on state employees to volunteer to be subs across Oklahoma. Stitt's accounts posted on social media Thursday that 171 of the state’s 32,000 employees have expressed interest in subbing to the governor’s office.

To sign up to be a guest teacher in OKC visit the district's website.

Updated: January 21, 2022 at 1:52 PM CST
Updated the number of state employees that have expressed interest, as of Jan. 20.
Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
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