Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout
Added 11-23-21 06:07:01am EST - “School districts around the country have been announcing extra days off this fall to address staff shortages and mental health. For some families, the unpredictable schedule feels like a betrayal.” - Npr.org
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Two weeks notice: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina voted on Oct. 28 to close schools on Nov. 12, for a "day of kindness, community and connection."
Five days notice: On the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17, Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan announced they would be closed the following Monday and Tuesday, extending Thanksgiving break for a full week. The district cited rising COVID-19 cases and staff shortages.
Three and even two days notice: On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 9 and 10, three different districts in Washington state — in Seattle, Bellevue and Kent — announced schools would be closed that same Friday, the day after Veterans Day, due to staff shortages.
Schools and districts around the country have been canceling classes on short notice. The cancellations aren't directly for COVID quarantines; instead schools are citing staff shortages, staff fatigue, mental health and sometimes even student fights.
Burbio, an organization that tracks school district websites, says these closures are an accelerating trend in the month of November, affecting 858 districts and 8,692 individual schools so far. At least 20 districts have added days to their Thanksgiving break this week, as happened in Ann Arbor, according to a report by CNN.
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