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Local schools see a staffing, supply shortage

Nord Country Day School is just one school in the local area that is having a hard time finding substitute teachers.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 6:10 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 8:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. – At Nord Country Day School, it is having a hard time keeping enough substitute teachers on hand.

Normally, the school has between four and six substitute teachers they are able to bring in.

Right now, it only has one and that person is leaving in December.

The principal of the school said the coronavirus keeps presenting more challenges for the school.

“It is a hard situation to be in,” said principal Kathy Dahlgren. “You don't want to close down classrooms; you don't want to have to do that for these kids. You want them to be here and learning and it is the best place for them to be.”

Dahlgren said the two recently hired education directors are also stepping in and subbing when needed just so the school can try and keep students in class.

The school did just fill one of its substitute teachers’ positions Wednesday. It has had an ad out for a 7th-grade substitute teacher since August and still has not been able to fill the position.

The school is also experiencing a delay with shipping and getting enough education supplies.

On top of that, it's still waiting on refrigerators and milk coolers for the cafeteria that it ordered a long ago.

“It seems like things are changing all the time and trying to just keep things constant and stable here is what we are trying to do. It is our goal,” said Dahlgren.

Schools all across our area are experiencing staffing shortages as well.

“We are working hard to fill key positions such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, special education teachers, and substitute teachers,” Chico Unified shared in a statement.

But, new ones are stepping in to fill vacant roles. Chico Unified said it hired 118 new teachers for the 2022 school year.

Action News Now reached out to the Tehama County office of education as well and the superintendent’s office confirms right now there are 91 job openings. This is a number they call "unusually" high.

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