I got called in for a half-day today. The thing is, the teacher who had to leave had a student teacher that was teaching anyway. My job was to sit there and “supervise”, which is what the teacher would have been doing. But the student teacher is tons more qualified than I am. I stopped by the office to ask if they had anything else for me to do. They said that I legally had to be in the room to supervise because the teacher was uncertified.
There is, of course, no level upon which this makes sense. But bureaucracy is, of course, its own reason.
I would say “at least I got paid for it,” but on half-days, once you take out 38% in taxes, $3 in union dues, and $15.50 for gas, I made $4.24.