NORWICH — Staffing shortages have forced the closure of the city's public schools on Friday.
In a letter issued to families and posted on social media Thursday night, Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow wrote that a total of 133 staff members had already called in absent and only 40 people, including all members of the district administrative team, were available to cover the open positions.
NPS is closed tomorrow due to significant staffing shortages. It would not be safe to hold school. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience this decision will create for child care coverage but safety is our ultimate priority.@norwichps
— Dr. Kristen Stringfellow (@kristenstring) January 14, 2022
Stringfellow said the absences included, three nurses, four assistant principals, one principal, 56 teachers, 33 paras, six registered behavior technicians, one BCBA, five social workers, a school psychologist and two school counselors.
"The number of absences is likely to increase significantly by the time school starts tomorrow morning," Stringfellow added.
Stringfellow said the missed day will have to be made up at the end of the school year as the district no longer has the authority to schedule remote learning days. Such days can now only be scheduled by the governor's office.
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"It would not be safe for our students and staff to hold school tomorrow," Stringfellow wrote. "For the past two weeks, we have been using every resource at our disposal to cover the mass staff absences we have been experiencing. However, we do not have the personnel to cover this number of vacancies."
This article originally appeared on The Bulletin: Norwich public schools closed on Jan. 14 due to staffing shortages