Pupils at two schools in south London, Ontario, will study remotely on Friday due to “operational concerns related to staffing”.
The Thames Valley District School Board says the temporary closure of Lambeth Public School and Sir Isaac Brock Public School is to ensure “the safety of pupils and the continuation of learning for all pupils”.
The two schools are due to resume in-person classes on Monday.
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Few more details were given about the temporary closure on Friday, but shortly after the news broke, TVDSB trustee Lori-Ann Pizzolato posted on Twitter that the board sees 400 staff positions vacant every day due to absenteeism.
“Superintendents and administrators fill every type of role — administrative assistants, teachers, court supervisors — and school staff work tirelessly to make sure schools don’t close,” Pizzolato said.
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“It’s not sustainable.”
Thanks @jgoldik for the correction. Yes, sorry, these are vacancies.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude to ALL staff who continue to work to keep the schools open and a safe and joyful place at a very difficult time. ❤️ https://t.co/x4sfXeF9Dg
— Lori-Ann Pizzolato (@lapizzolato) April 8, 2022
Pizzolato also says health officers from the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are expected to attend the special TVDSB meeting next week.
The extraordinary board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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