Schools turn to parents for help as omicron surge causes staff shortages

One district seeks over 281 volunteers because of COVID shortages.
By: | January 12, 2022

School staffing shortages caused by the recent COVID-19 omicron surge have gotten so bad in at least two school districts that officials are turning to parents to keep classes going.

The Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California, made a plea amid its staffing shortage on Sunday when Superintendent Don Austin posted a video on the district’s website announcing the “1 Palo Alto” initiative and asked parents to volunteer and work certain roles in the schools including food services, light custodial work, office assistance and classroom support.

“We can’t keep up, there is no labor pool. No amount of money can solve this issue. We need your help,” he said in the video.

Austin told ABC News that 659 volunteers have signed up for the program. “This is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in a while,” he told ABC News.

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