Norwich public schools closed Friday due to staffing shortages

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A classroom in a school (Nexstar, file)

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwich public schools will be closed Friday due to staffing shortages.

In a letter to families and staff, Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow said 133 staff members have already called in as absent and there are only 40 people to cover them, including all members of the district administrative team.

The absences include three nurses, four assistant principals, one principal, 56 teachers, 33 paras, six registered behavior technicians, one BCBA, five social workers, one psychologist and two school counselors.

Stringfellow said the number of absences is “likely to increase significantly” by the time school would start Friday morning.

“It would not be safe for our students and staff to hold school tomorrow. For the past two weeks, we have been using every resource at our disposal to cover the mass staff absences we have been experiencing. However, we do not have the personnel to cover this number of vacancies,” Stringfellow said.

Stringfellow said because she does not have the authority to schedule a remote learning day, the school day will need to be made up in June.

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