Oh boy….all hands on deck…
Tuesday was the first day back for Boston Public Schools after Christmas break and more than 1000 teachers and staff members called out sick.
According to CBS Local, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brenda Cassellius there are 461 classroom teachers among the 1,000 sick calls – although not all of the absences are COVID related.
Cassellius added that 42 schools in the city are dealing with 20% of their staff members being out. About 60 central office staff members are working in schools Tuesday to help with the teacher shortage. There are also 52 bus drivers out sick.
Cassellius stated the goal is to keep students in the classroom for in-person learning whenever possible. But she also added that due to the staffing shortages, schools will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.