Many school districts including Henderson County are scrambling to fill substitute teacher and bus driver positions.
Its a crisis nationwide, schools having enough teachers to fill in if there was a COVID-19 outbreak or any other issue that kept full-time teachers side-lined.
Those teachers, administrators, and substitutes are wary of what this school year will bring as some students will return to the classroom in just weeks.
Tri-State school districts are working around the clock to fill open positions that are a crucial part of the school day!
"Staffing during an unconventional year is going to be very challenging in itself," says Ben Payne, the Transportation Director for Henderson County Schools.
One of the things school administrators are wondering right now is: Will there be enough substitutes if schools reopen?
In Henderson County, there are a number of school bus driver positions available both full and part-time starting at nearly $15 hourly with benefits and retirement.
Transportation officials say if those positions aren't filled routes will have to be combined adding more stress on current drivers!
"We are looking for someone who loves children, who can be a great mentor to these students" Payne adds.
Aside from bus drivers, Henderson County is looking for 10 fulltime sub-teachers.
As faculty and staff plan to return to the classroom in just 6 weeks, Spokeswoman Megan Mortis says they are taking extra steps to keep students and personnel safe, "We are following all the guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Education on how to place all the tables in the cafe, all the desks in the classrooms, and making sure we are following all safety guidelines".
This year Henderson County created seven new medical assistant positions to work directly with school nurses to add an extra layer of protection inside school buildings.
Henderson County officials say they are prepared to re-open with adequate staff in place school administrators stress staffing needs change everyday.
"Henderson County would love for good people to join our district and team and help pay back to the community," says Payne.
School is set to start in Henderson August 26.