How do co-ops deal with teacher absences?
At our most recent Schola Rosa Co-op Parent Check-in, some directors asked how to deal with teacher absences. Strategies vary greatly co-op to co-op as our Schola Rosa co-ops are of many different sizes. Therefore, we have divided the tips into two categories: small co-ops (4-10 families) and large co-ops (10+ families).
- Tag Team Babies by having Grandparents or Teenagers come that day
- Combine Ages when needed for History, Art, and Science
- Leave Out Subjects ~ For example, choose the subjects everyone definitely wants covered at co-op before going home (art, science experiment, and history craft)
- One mom is dedicated co-op substitute, so when someone is absent, she is able to step in that day.
- Move assistant teachers become main teachers if a main teacher is absent, or an assistant teacher can be moved to another class for the day to be the main teacher.
- Have teenagers act as extra hands for larger classrooms with younger children. Teenagers can rotate, so they do not miss too much of their Intermediate time.