Mt. Carmel High School Switching to Virtual Learning Due to Staff Shortage

Students of Mt. Carmel High School will make a temporary switch to virtual learning starting Tuesday due to a staffing shortage throughout the district.

Posted: Jan 10, 2022 1:57 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2022 9:22 PM

For the rest of this week the halls of Mt. Carmel High School will appear empty, after Superintendent, Dr. Chuck Bleyer, made the decision to return to remote learning.

"We'll go back to remote learning for this week only, we plan to come out of it on next Tuesday,' said Dr. Bleyer.

Although abrupt, the announcement was made on Monday. Dr. Bleyer says the decision was well thought out.

"Basically what we have is an issue with staffing all across the district so I made the decision to put the high school in remote and use our man power resources to fill the gaps in the other buildings," said Dr. Bleyer. "we just don't have enough people to go around."

Dr. Bleyer says the shortage in staff members is expected after making the return from winter break.

"Coming off of the COVID, it's not that everybody has it it's that everybody has something attached to it," said Dr. Bleyer. "so it's either they do have it or a child has it or somebody in the house has it, so it's just catching everybody at the same time."

Although upsetting, some students like Jorden Wood, Joey Farar, and Evan Hedge are understanding.

"Sure it's rough that we don't get to socialize and it takes away from the whole school experience but I'll manage." said Wood.

The school will provide meals for students from 12:00 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. so those who need it, can stop by.

"All the students have to do is come and get it. If they want it, it'll be a grab and go." said Dr. Bleyer.

Extracurricular activities like sports practices and club meetings will continue throughout the week as well.

"I don't think it'll extend past next week," said Hedge. "I'm not really nervous about it. If it does I might as well just get used to it."

This switch does not apply to Mt. Carmel Junior High School and the Elementary School.

The statement issued on the district's website says that teachers are currently transitioning to remote learning and will be communicating with the students.

You can see the full statement on the district's website by clicking here.

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