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BREAKING NEWS: School canceled due to teacher, staff shortage

Sig Rogich Middle School, Gwendolyn Wolley and Neil C. Twitchell Elementary Schools also canceled classes
Parents and students were alerted at 6:23 a.m. that school was canceled due to “an unexpected number of licensed staff/teachers absent.” There was less than 40 minutes before the school day began. “Waking up to constant notifications that school is canceled for today, thousands of thoughts started running through my head,” senior Aeron Pearson said. “‘When are they going to make this day up?’ ‘What about my assignments?’ ‘What about HOSA today?’”

School Principal Donna Levy announced this morning that school was canceled due to a lack of teachers and licensed staff. In an email sent out at 6:23 a.m., Levy said:

“Please do not send your children to campus today. We made the difficult decision to not have school today. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience.”

Some students still arrived at school.

“In order to get to school on time I wake up to catch a bus that gets to school before it starts,” freshman Quinton Harts said. “When I got to school I had to wait another forty minutes before learning school was canceled. I was understandably frustrated to learn that I’d spend so much time getting to school and it was all for nothing. I’m really hoping that tomorrow I can put all that time into getting the education I go to school to get.”

The school cancellation has also affected HOSA’s first general meeting, along with interfering with other after-school activities, like BSU’s Club Feud.

“Easy to say, none of us were prepared for this at all,” HOSA President senior Aeron Pearson said. “We’ve never had a meeting necessarily be canceled as a whole, so my board members and I have been planning what we should do. We all feel terrible, knowing that we were not only prepared, but also [were] excited to speak with our members today, enjoy snacks, and have fun. While this won’t happen, I know that we’ll have to move on from this.”

The Windmill Library is open for families that may require childcare services during the school day.

More updates as this story unfolds.

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