OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create staffing struggles at Central Florida schools.
An Osceola County School Board member is reacting to hundreds of teacher absences that are happening district-wide, with many due to the COVID-19 omicron variant.
On Thursday, the Osceola County school district said more than 400 substitute teachers were needed.
The teachers’ union told Channel 9 the problem was going to continue into Friday, with 409 substitutes needed. They said those spots weren’t quickly filled either.
On Thursday, they said only 136 substitute spots were filled.
School board member Jon Arguello said while the number will fluctuate, in his opinion, there’s a bigger problem going on that he wants to tackle.
“Right now, not every teacher in Osceola County wants to go to work; they don’t feel appreciated,” Arguello said. “Right now, the ball is not in the teacher’s court; right now the ball is in the leadership court to start solving these problems on a strategic issue.”
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