The Ann Arbor Public Schools District is canceling classes due to staff shortages
Classes in the Ann Arbor Public Schools district will be canceled on Monday due to staffing issues for everyone.
The district said more teachers are absent due to COVID-19 protocols, and if they cannot adequately occupy buildings, schools are not safe to open.
Four of the district’s 32 schools are moving to distance learning because 506 staff were absent.
Meanwhile, the district holds job fairs to fill apprenticeships.
“I understand the stress.” Ann Arbor Headmistress Addresses Temporary School Closures
All About Ann Arbor spoke to Superintendent Jeanice Swift about the closings last week.
She said widespread absences affected all positions in the system, not just teachers.
Read: Ann Arbor Public Schools is canceling classes for all students on Monday due to staff shortages
“It is the principal’s responsibility to ensure that schools and classrooms are happy and safe and safe and comfortable places,” she said.
Comparing recent closings to emergency scenarios like power outages or bad weather, she said if the district cannot adequately occupy buildings, it is not safe to be open. Swift said that while the schools were in class, they were addressing staff shortages by merging classrooms and bringing large numbers of students to the library, but that such action is not possible due to current COVID protocols.
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