Nearly 400 teaching positions will remain open as students return to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina on Monday.
According to a district spokesperson, apart from the 390 teaching posts left vacant, an additional 38 posts are vacant for bus drivers.
To meet this shortage, 427 "guest teachers" will join the district's 181 campuses from Monday.
All guest teachers must be licensed, but do not have to have a bachelor's or master's degree, CMS officials said.
Guest teachers will earn between $150 and $180 per day, depending on their certification level, according to Christine Pageot, the district's human resources director.
It's unclear how long the district will rely on guest teachers during the school year.