Changing teachers after the start of the school year is always difficult, but every year we have to reassign a few teachers from schools that have fewer students than expected to those that have more. Sometimes this means your child's teacher may change in the first few weeks of school.
Predicting exactly how many students will show up in each school is never an exact science, but this year the pandemic has made it exponentially more difficult. Student enrollment is down more than expected, and more families are choosing remote learning as the pandemic continues.
We are using federal COVID-relief dollars to keep reassignments to a minimum, but more teachers are needed for students in remote learning. We also need teachers to staff our CARE cadre, high-quality teachers who will step in when classroom teachers are absent due to quarantine or illness.
We can move some in-person teachers to remote classes and the CARE cadre without significantly increasing average elementary class sizes. All classes will still have room for distancing as required in your school safety plan.
Even if we redirect funds from other needs to hire more teachers, it is unlikely we could find strong candidates at this point in the hiring season or get them on board until late October.
Moving teachers and students to different classrooms is disruptive to students and difficult for teachers. Our schools know this and are doing everything they can to make smooth transitions for everyone.