Staffing shortages in North Texas schools have prompted some school districts to ask for volunteers in order to fill positions. Keller ISD is the latest to make such a request.
According to an email sent out to school district families on Friday, Keller ISD is short on available substitute teachers and operational staff members as positive COVID numbers continue to rise while the.
Tarrant County reported a pandemic high of 9,001 COVID cases Wednesday. The COVID-19 positive test rate in the county increased to a pandemic-high 39.66% from 39.32% in the latest available seven-day-average data. The rate has increased since Dec. 12.
In the email the district asked for community members and parents to consider volunteering on campus to help mitigate staffing shortages in classrooms, cafeterias, front offices and other areas. Volunteers are required to undergo a background check and all those interested should visit.
On Friday, the school district closedbecause of the staffing shortages.
Mansfield ISD has also experienced staffing shortages and announced Thursday all its schools would be closed through Tuesday, Jan. 18. Students in Mansfield ISD will not have to log on for virtual learning during the closure.
Mansfield ISD Superintendent Kimberley Cantu said the high number of staff out sick along with a shortage of substitute teachers put a high strain on day-to-day operations, making it impossible to provide a safe, productive learning environment for students and staff.