When you look at the public school workforce, it’s easy to see only teachers. And while teachers do make up half of the public school workforce, the other 50% is made up of non-teacher professionals such as guidance counselors, speech therapists, nurses, drivers, and others.

But all of that staffing isn’t always done by school officials alone. No, that’s where school staffing agencies come in. But as with all outsourced work, there are a handful of potentially harmful myths out there. Let’s take a look at a few of them and uncover the truth.

MYTH: Staffing Agencies Only Provide Temporary Employment

TRUTH: This is one of the most common myths about school staffing agencies, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Staffing agencies, especially those that work with educational staffing, provide all different kinds of jobs to all different kinds of people. If a school is looking to hire for a temporary position, a staffing agency can fill that need. But if a school needs full time staffing to fit inside budget plans, then a staffing agency can accommodate that request as well.

MYTH: Staffing Agencies Only Supply Manual Labor

TRUTH: The truth is that staffing agencies operate in every field imaginable. Whether it’s sensory screening, trained specialists in a certain field, or construction professionals, rest assured that a staffing agency can fill a position almost anywhere. The notion that a staffing agency can only supply manual labor is outdated and can do real harm to an institution looking for a new member to add to the team.

MYTH: Staffing Agencies Don’t Have the Resources to Place Applicants Properly

TRUTH: This is one of the most ridiculous myths out there, because placing qualified applicants in the appropriate position is what staffing agencies are all about! If an educational institution is looking for a school psychologist, school staffing agencies have the resources to place only the most qualified applicants in such a position.

If there’s one truth you need to know about school staffing agencies, it’s that their purpose is to find the right people for the job. Don’t believe any of the myths you hear until you fact check!