RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — As a new school year approaches, Texas, as well as the Rio Grande Valley continue to deal with a teacher shortage.

“The math and science are the hardest teachers to find because it’s hard to find qualified teachers for those subjects so those are the ones we’re struggling more to find,” said Adrian Ozuna, said Public Relations Director at Rio Grande City Grulla ISD.

Teacher shortages are something the RGV has been dealing with because of the pandemic. Some school districts said the situation is getting better and they are working to increase pay. 

“With some generous stipends and some very good benefits packages it has really helped us in terms of recruiting teachers and holding onto well-qualified teachers to serve our students,” said Craig Verley, Public Relations Director for Mission CISD.

With school districts looking to hire teachers they are also on the lookout for substitute teachers.

“We are in fairly good shape when it comes to substitute teachers. I know at some point in the coming weeks we’ll be opening up to accept more applications for that but right now we’re focused more on the full-time positions,” said Verley.

Some schools across Texas, including Santa Rosa ISD, are switching to a 4-day school week, but other school districts said they won’t consider that plan yet. 

“Our attendance level because of the pandemic, we feel as a district, right now it’ll cost us a little more money to close one school day as opposed to operating with a normal school budget,” said Ozuna.

But Ozuna said they are not ruling out the possibility. School districts across the RGV are still in need of teachers and encourage people to apply.