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Without enough teachers, subs and staff, Franklin school has to go virtual

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 16:37:09-05

FRANKLIN — An increasing number of absences among teachers, substitutes and staff has forced a quick transition to virtual learning at a Johnson County school.

Custer Baker Intermediate School in Franklin went to at-home schooling Thursday. Here is part of the statement issued by the Franklin Community School system:

We understand the hardship this creates for parents, especially with short notice. This was a difficult decision to make as we truly believe that in-person learning is the best for students.

Franklin is not alone in finding it difficult to get enough substitutes to keep classrooms staffed. As COVID-19 cases rise across the state, teacher staffing has become a major challenge.

At Custer Baker, extracurricular activities are expected to continue. The school will also make breakfast and lunch meals available through next Wednesday.