BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The flu season has raised the need for substitute teachers in local schools.
Bay District School leaders said they always have a shortage of substitutes, but the need is enhanced due to illnesses.
The district is looking for more applicants.
John Cannon, Executive Director of Human Resources for Bay District Schools, said applicants need a high school diploma or GED to be eligible, in addition to a background check and fingerprinting.
"We saw the way that [the flu season] affected student attendance as well, so teachers are humans too, they get sick. So we definitely need more people to come into our offices and get interested in subbing. It's a great career to have," Cannon said.
We also met one substitute teacher who started this past fall.
"I just retired from the Air Force and needing something to transition. I've always had the desire to help and be around youth, so what better way to get into that field," Cortez Jackson said.
Jackson said one of the biggest factors for those looking for a substitute teacher to fill in is finding someone who can uphold a classroom and carry the torch.
To apply to be a substitute teacher, you can visit Bay District Schools' Nelson Building on Balboa Avenue in Panama City, call the district, or go on the school district website and look at the 'Employees' tab.