Schools Sticking With In-Person Learning Scramble For Subs

This undated photo shows special education teacher Jennifer Graves, at Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School, in New Haven, Conn. When her classroom aide didn't show up for work and no substitutes were available for the day because staffing levels have been decimated by the surge in COVID-19 infections, she borrowed paraprofessionals from other classrooms for short stretches to get through. (Courtesy Jennifer Graves via AP)

(AP) — Principals, superintendents and counselors are filling in as substitutes in classrooms around the United States as the surge in coronavirus infections further strains schools already struggling with staffing shortages.

Dozens of employees from the central office in Cincinnati were dispatched this week to schools at risk of having to close because of low staffing. The superintendent of Boston schools tweeted she was filling in for a fifth grade teacher.

San Francisco’s school system asked any employees with teaching credentials to be available for classroom assignments. Some teachers say they are dealing with overwhelming stress just trying to keep classes running.


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