Governor issues executive order to address staffing shortages

Governor Newsom released Executive Order N-3-22 recently to provide temporary administrative and staffing flexibilities to ensure schools can maintain operations with qualified staff and keep students in learning environments with strong COVID-19 safety measures.

Effective immediately, the following changes have been authorized through March 31, 2022 to LEAs that make a written finding, signed by the LEA’s superintendent or designee and retained for public access upon request, that temporary staffing flexibility will support maintaining in-person instruction, despite staffing shortages caused by the surge in COVID-19 cases:

  • Allows temporary certificates to be issued for emergency substitute teaching services without regard to whether the recipient has a pending credential or permit application or has made the statement under oath.
  • Extends the duration for substitute teachers who can be assigned to a single general education assignment to no more than 120 days.
  • Suspends the requirement that students be under the direct supervision of a certificated employee for calculating ADA.
  • Suspends post-retirement compensation limitations for compensation earned during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Suspends the 180-day break in service requirement for retired classified and certificated personnel.

This order expands the previous orders that lowered barriers for retired teachers and classified staff to return to school settings.