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Shasta County schools face staffing shortages

Some schools in Shasta County are having a tough time staying staffed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted: Dec 9, 2020 7:07 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2020 9:30 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Some schools in Shasta County are having a difficult time staying staffed.

One of the concerns of the Shasta Union High School District is the lack of substitute teachers.

But the school district is coming up with creative ways, like period subbing, to make sure classes are covered. That means other staff can fill in if no substitutes are available.

But the district says it’s not a long term solution.

“The thing that will drive us into distance learning the quickest, is the lack of staff,” said Superintendent Jim Cloney of the Shasta Union High School District, “we can modify for students if we send students home and we can accommodate them in distance learning.”

“But if we simply don't have enough teachers or enough staff to open the school safely, then that would be the real tipping point in terms of moving into distance learning.”

“They're trying to be as fluid as possible and they know the best environment for learning is in the classroom,” said Minnie Spyres of Redding. “They're trying to do their best with what resources they have.”

With finals coming up, Superintendent Cloney says the focus is to make sure that the last two weeks of this semester go smoothly.

There are 450 staff members within the Shasta Union High School District.

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