This comes as Broken Arrow announced they would push back the start of school to Thursday, September 3rd.
BA Superintendent Dr. Janet Vinson says 33 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last week, leading to 98 COVID-19 related absences the district will need to fill before the start of school.
None of the names of staff who tested positive were released.
Dr. Vinson has repeatedly said the district was in need of substitute teachers and they’ve temporarily raised pay to try to attract some, but there will be even more trouble trying to attract teachers and staff going forward.
Despite this, Dr. Vinson still believes BA schools should not switch to a staggered schedule.
“We’re trying to be very cognizant and do things right so that we can have a safe start, and also a successful start, where we won’t be stopping and starting, and stopping and starting,” said Dr. Vinson. “Because that’s awful to do to families. You can’t plan around that.”
Dr. Vinson also said the district needs more personal protective gear for employees and students. She says the district has been waiting on shipments from Governor Kevin Stitt but still hasn’t received word when the PPE will arrive.
Vinson says there is good news since there was a large number of students enrolling in the virtual academy, there will be fewer students inside the building once school starts.
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