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Schools Require More Substitutes

Indian Creek Local School District students will not be going to school — except remotely — for at least the next few weeks. District officials made the decision to close schools because they do not have enough available employees to staff them.

That is because many Indian Creek school employees are in quarantine or other isolation due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Officials at Indian Creek are not alone. Many districts in West Virginia and Ohio have had to close schools for days, even weeks, for the same reason. There simply are not enough substitute teachers available.

Both our states have taken some steps to address the problem. In West Virginia, some college students working toward teaching degrees can be used as substitutes.

We encourage officials in both states to find new ways to help school systems find temporary staff members to cope with epidemic-related challenges. Having children in classrooms, even with substitute teachers, is preferable to relying on the clearly inadequate system of “remote learning.”

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