Charles City Schools Christmas Break Extended Due to Substitute Teacher Shortage

The following is a statement released by the Charles City Community School District:

Charles City Community Schools will be extending students’ Christmas (Winter) Break by one day this year. There will be no school for students on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. This day will be a workday for teachers. Students will return to school on January 4, 2022.

Charles City Community Schools and schools across the state and country are experiencing an unprecedented substitute shortage. We have had 378 unfilled vacancies as of December 1, which have been covered internally by staff. As a result, our teaching staff needs time to check assessments and finalize grades to meet semester deadlines.

The move will not affect the district’s last day of school, which remains May 25, 2022.

“The school wants to give families adequate time to make arrangements for this one-day extension,” says Mike Fisher, Superintendent. “We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We also want to be able to provide the best service possible to our students and families by having our staff finalize grades and assessments that need to be completed. We also want to ensure that our staff gets the full break without work obligations to allow them to come back healthy to best serve our kids.”

The district is taking names of families who need assistance with child care for elementary-age students and we can provide arrangements through our partnership with TLC. Parents who would like more information should contact the Charles City Middle School at 641-257-6530. The deadline for childcare sign-up is Thursday, December 9.

If you are interested in learning about becoming a substitute teacher with the Charles City Community Schools, please contact Tricia Bahlmann at 641-257-6500.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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