WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ) — Carroll County Public Schools is facing a major teacher shortage because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes as the district is set to roll out its hybrid back-to-school plan in October.

Carroll County School Board officials said hundreds of teachers have put in leave requests instead of coming back to campus for hybrid learning.

The school board tells WJZ their current plan is to bring students back to the classroom for in-person learning by October 19.


But, because of coronavirus, almost 300 teachers are not returning due to personal reasons and it’s providing a challenge for their ability to staff schools and classrooms.

In a statement to WJZ, the district said they’re looking to hire substitute teachers, assign additional employees to classrooms and hire a number of temporary workers to ensure classes have the appropriate coverage.

But it’s raising some concerns in the community.

“I’m concerned about our ability to get enough teachers in front of enough students, especially since we have so many students who are coming back to the classrooms in less than a month, and are we going to have enough staff to support them?” Donna Balado, a substitute teacher, said.

The school board said they’re having ongoing public meetings ahead of their shift to the hybrid model.

Their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, and they plan to further discuss staffing issues.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Kelsey Kushner

  1. Retired teacher says:

    As a retired teacher I could have told you this would happen. Teachers are not going to risk their lives for what they get paid nor do what they believe to be detrimental to students and staff. In person school during a pandemic is NOT safe. Various online teaching companies are paying a premium to hire certified experienced teachers and tutors. If teachers do not return to dangerous in person classrooms, there are plenty of opportunities for them to earn good money teaching online away from the schools they usually teach for.

    Considering in most Maryland school systems teachers have to have a master’s degree to get tenure & promotions, they are not that well paid compared to some jobs where only a four year degree or no degree are required. Most are not in teaching for the money, they are in it for the kids as they could use their advanced educations to make more money elsewhere.

    Sadly, many parents think of school as nothing more than a free daycare where their kids they don’t bother to parent become someone else’s problem and they are now indignant they have to step up and be responsible for the education of their own kids in the face of a national emergency. Not all parents, but all too many.

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