Staff shortages could allow schools to offer distance learning

A California Education Department official said that staffing shortages could allow schools to offer distance learning.

“It is within the law for them to switch to independent study,” Mary Nicely, chief deputy superintendent of public instruction, said in an interview. “And so we’d actually probably prefer that over actual school closures for staffing shortages.”

Prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year, the state legislature tied funding to in-school instruction to force schools to offer in-person classes. They are also allowed to offer independent study.

The Hayward Unified School District switched to offer virtual learning due to staffing shortages caused by the spread of Covid-19

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