The state is repaying some Missourians who are taking a temporary 20-hour online training class to become a substitute teacher. The program is intended to help curtail a shortage of substitutes during the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Kari Monsees, with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says the Governor’s Office has designated two-million dollars in coronavirus relief funds to help cover the personal costs.
Individuals who have paid the online training fee of $175 and/or the application fee of $50 from August 18 through November 4 will be repaid. Schools must submit an online application to the department by November 4 to reimburse substitutes for their background check fee.