Richmond and Chesterfield schools are paying teachers $ 40 an hour this summer. According to Sidney Gunter, Academic Response to Intervention Coordinator for RPS, the school system of approximately 28,000 has invited approximately 4,000 students to participate in its summer program, and approximately 800 students are on the waiting list. . She said about 3,500 students are currently enrolled.
Gunter attributes the influx of students to the last year of e-learning and parents’ desire to get their kids back to in-person teaching as soon as possible because they fell behind in virtual learning.
She said RPS is using a combination of funding, including federal CARES grants, to increase the educator pay rate, which was $ 22.18 for the summer of 2019.
“We wanted to make sure we were able to bring our best and brightest teachers back for the summer school because we knew it was going to be a tough effort,” Gunter said. “You know the teachers haven’t been in schools for a year and a half either. We wanted really enthusiastic people to come back and work with the students in person. And we know we have to make our teachers want to come back in person.
“There are still so many uncertainties with COVID and everything, so we wanted to make sure we recognize that we have appreciated their efforts.”
Likewise, in Chesterfield, which has around 60,000 students, High School Leadership Director Belinda Merriman said the hourly rate of pay for summer school teachers had been increased in recognition of the difficulties encountered during the peak of the pandemic. The school system also pays for the increase with some federal funding. Teachers who lead virtual classes or middle and high school students receive $ 110 per student instead of an hourly rate.