Ann Arbor Public Schools district cancels classes due to staffing shortage

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Classes for everyone in the Ann Arbor Public Schools District were canceled Monday due to staffing issues.

The district said more teachers are out due to COVID-19 protocols and if they cannot adequately staff the buildings, it will not be safe for schools to open.

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Four of the district’s 32 schools switched to distance learning due to the absence of 506 staff.

Meanwhile, the district is holding job fairs to try and fill teaching positions.

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“I understand the tension.” Ann Arbor school principal addresses temporary school closures

All About Ann Arbor spoke with Supervisor Jennis Swift last week about the shutdown.

She said the widespread absences affected all positions in the system, not just teachers.

is reading: Ann Arbor Public Schools cancels classes for all students on Monday amid staff shortage

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“It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that schools and classrooms are happy, safe, secure and comfortable,” she said.

She compared recent closures to emergency scenarios such as power outages or bad weather, and said that if an area cannot adequately staff buildings, it is not safe to be open. Swift shared that during her teaching years, schools will deal with staff shortages by combining classes and taking large numbers of students to the library, but such measures are not possible due to current COVID protocols.

Read more here.

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