It can be, because everyone's had a good break. On the other hand, if the flu or a stomach bug starts going through the ranks, a lot of people can be out for a long time.
The thing about subbing is you have to be patient and flexible. But you've probably already learned that.
Last year it was slow for me, but this year, I have a job every day, except one day last week! It is great! A couple days I even had schools call me to work instead of trying to grab one on AESOP. Hopefully, it will pick up for you!
January and February are notoriously slow--for parapros, anyway. I've worked 5 years as a substitute parapro and it's always been slow at this time of the year. Last year I took off January, rather than rushing to get ready every morning and then having no job after all.
Part of it is everyone's had their break; part of it is that I only sub once or twice a week, so no one knows me yet. Maybe they don't know you well enough, either, yet, if you've only been into subbing one year. Hopefully you find something!
I've been called every day I was available since the end of the holiday. The only thing that is slowing me down is the snow days - last Friday, and most likely tomorrow will be one too.
Most of my calls have been in the morning, and a little later than usual. Some of it seems to be illness, but I was scheduled for two days last week because of a death in the teacher's family, and was scheduled in advance for this Friday.
Hopefully it will turn out to be a busy month for you too!
P.S. Anyone else feel a little bit guilty that a lot of teachers being sick means more work for us?
We just went back to school yesterday, and I worked a full day yesterday and half-day today. I have a full day, Friday, and I have one day a week for the next two weeks scheduled. I'm pleased that I have some things scheduled, and I'll just have to wait and see if more jobs come up.
No matter how often I check and no matter when I check, all the jobs are always taken on AESOP. Automated sub systems punish hard anyone who doesn't have an IPHONE or the latest technology.
I am working about 1/10 of what I was working. I'm a certified teacher who can't find work, but, honestly, I have completely open availability, and subbing is, at best, a part-time job. There is no chance of working every day, even with teachers requesting me. I'm working so little that my father has had to start paying my bills, and I'm thirty-eight years old.
I've worked 4 out of the last 9 days (obviously not working today) and next week I have three days already booked. One day I can't sub, and then Friday I'll only sub at my kids' school since my daughter's class is performing in their monthly assembly, so I won't miss it if I'm at their school.