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News - October 15, 2021

With return of in-person education, schools grapple with staffing shortages

Districts scramble to find substitute teachers, other school workers as pandemic wears on

by Zoe Morgan and Angela Swartz

Mei Chan may be the Las Lomitas Elementary School District's chief business officer, but on a chilly morning earlier this week, Chan was also a crossing guard for the district, which has one school in Menlo Park and one in Atherton. Dressed in a green reflective vest, she ushered students across the intersection of Avy and Altschul avenues near La Entrada Middle School.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2021 at 9:26 am

Bystander is a registered user.

What's the status of volunteering in schools now? Time was volunteers did crossing guard duty, playground duty for recess and before or after school, etc.

Do the schools still want volunteers or is it too difficult with background checks, TB checks, etc.?

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