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Florida school district scrambles to find substitute teachers

Posted at 1:48 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 13:48:05-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district is scrambling to find substitute teachers after a large number of full-time teachers chose to stay home as students returned to brick and mortar classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Palm Beach County school officials say 944 teachers didn't show for work when schools opened for the first time on Monday.

Nearly 900 were absent on Tuesday, while only 387 substitutes were brought in to fill those spots.

Some 58,000 students were in classrooms on Tuesday, officials said.

Many principals asked teachers to supervise two classes at one time, or sent other employees to monitor classrooms.

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