NewsCovering Kern County


Staffing limitations in schools due to Covid-19

School's return to full distance learning amid staffing issues
Safely Back to School
Posted at 12:20 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 03:20:06-05

Another local school district is stopping in-person learning as officials continue to adjust during these ever-changing times in the pandemic. Within 24 hours the Tehachapi Unified and Rosedale Union School districts have announced a pause for in-person services due to staffing issues.

Students and parents of Rosedale Union School District will have less than one week to adjust to new scheduling changes after an announcement was made Tuesday that the district will be suspending their current phased reopening plans due to staffing issues. Superintendent Sue Lemon in a statement to 23ABC said, “Continuing on our current path has become increasingly difficult. This is due to an uptick in positive covid-19 cases and potential exposures within the district, which has created a multitude of staffing limitations for both certificated and classified positions.”

However the statement also went on to say it was,“ not related to a Covid-19 outbreak within our district community, rather, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and as a result of the current strain on our staffing capacity.” The district saying that all grade levels will be reverting to full distance learning starting December 14th.

And while Rosedale is giving their students nearly a week notice to make the change, this isn't the case for others. Tehachapi Unified School District announced Monday that they will also be transitioning to full distance learning due to staffing limitations, but only giving their students hours notice. Making their switch the same day as their announcement, with a statement reading, “while our plan is to continue phasing students back to campus, due to a current strain of staffing capacity, the district is temporarily suspending/pausing in-person services for all students.”

With Superintendent Stacey Larson Everson saying that this pause will not impact future reopening plans. And is not a result of the recent statewide stay at home order or the county’s current tier status. Larson Everson went on to say, “once the district ensures proper staffing at all sites, students who were receiving in-person instruction and services will return to their blended in-person and virtual schedules.”

Both school districts have yet to announce a return date.