This is where my Paras come in. In addition to the sudden end to the strike and school starting, my son got married this past weekend in Oregon, so I took the 2nd and 3rd day of school off. My school procured two subs for me, and I made my Paras responsible for what was happening during the day.
Since it was a planned absence, we were able to talk about it ahead of time. Also, since I had been there the first day, I at least had an idea of my students and their needs and was able to plan a loose schedule for the days I would be gone. It went ok and everyone survived.
I have 9 students this year, and 2 of them have one-to-ones. But I got 3 new additions to my classroom that need one-to-ones (aggression, running, clearing counters and tables, refusal, collapsing, stealing food, etc), plus 1 with mobility issues, and 3 that need a lot of support in everything they do.
I thank the lord for my Paras and wish I could clone them. We have had to grow very close, very quickly, in order to get through the day. Communication is vital, as is knowing how and what to do. I have set up a schedule for the IAs so they know who they are working with each period, as well as what they are doing. I try to rotate my Paras with the students as I don't want them to burn out. I try to make sure they take their breaks for the same reason. I am up front with my expectations at the start of the school year, and give them a handbook, any safety plans, all the IEP at a glances, Behavior Support Plans, the student schedule, the adult schedule, and anything else I feel will help us all be on the same page. I stagger their breaks so no one is overwhelmed in the classroom. I assign stations so that there are fun learning activities for them to do with all of the students. I try to set them up for success, and then trust them to be the professionals they are. I couldn't do my job without them and I am so grateful for their assistance every day.
This is the Paraprofessional Handbook (In my current district we call Paras Instructional Assistants) I put together for my Paras a couple of years ago. I borrowed liberally from many people online and threw it together. I list my expectations, and some information regarding Autism. I have a few other handouts at the end that deals with other disabilities. I hope this works for you as well.