COVID-19 has affected each and every one of us, either directly or indirectly. For schools, including Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, the pandemic has made it difficult to fill many substitute positions as well as some full-time positions.
“We follow CDC and Franklin County Public Health guidelines for safety, which require staff to quarantine when there is an exposure to or a positive test result from COVID-19,” said Shea Reed, director of human resources for the district. “Depending on the situation, some staff can experience multiple weeks of quarantine. This places a strain on the need for additional staff.”
This strain has been felt in nearly every part of the district, but especially when it comes to substitute teachers and bus drivers.