Superintendent Rich Schneider said Monday the district has a critical staff shortage, and he hopes having nearly a week away from school will slow the spread of COVID-19 among staff and students.
According to the district’s website, the district currently has 15 staff members and 37 students who have active positive cases and are in isolation. The district has 139 staff members and 693 students.
Schneider said some staff members are also out because they’ve had close contacts, or they are caring for their young children who have tested positive or have non-COVID illnesses.
The absences are compounded by the difficult finding substitute teachers.
“We started the year very short with substitutes,” Schneider said. “The district is experiencing the same labor shortage other employers are facing.”
Some substitutes who are older or have health issues that make them vulnerable are less willing to work in the schools right now, too, he said.