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Richmond schools experience teacher, bus driver shortage due to omicron

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 6:47 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 11:19 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Public Schools were back open Thursday after the year’s first round of winter weather, but now the district is dealing with an emergency staffing shortage amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

In a letter to Richmond Public Schools families, the superintendent said the division was anticipating “about 160 teacher vacancies” on Thursday.

To help with coverage, staff from the Academic Office and other teams were deployed across the division.

RPS also expects several bus drivers to be out, so some families experienced delays on routes Thursday morning.

Due to staffing shortages brought on by the omicron variant, there is no extended day programming on Thursday.

More details can be found in the letter, here.

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