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Hannibal schools transition to distance learning Thursday and Friday

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST
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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - The Hannibal School District has announced that the district will transition to distance learning Thursday and Friday due to rising absences among students and staff.

A shortage of substitutes is contributing to the situation. District spokesperson Andrea Campbell said more than 70 staff members were out sick on Wednesday, with there being no substitute available for almost half of those absences.

In addition, Campbell said the district is tracking 118 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff. She also said even more students are out for other reasons.

Superintendent Susan Johnson said it’s important that students and staff stay home during this time to rest and recover

“Regardless of what’s causing them to have an absence, whether that’s having strep throat, the flu, or COVID, or whatever the situation might be, we obviously want our staff and students to be healthy so they can really perform at their optimal,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the custodial staff will use those two days to disinfect and clean classrooms.

The district plans to resume classes on Monday, but Johnson said they are going to continue to monitor the situation in case they need to push that date back.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the district is tracking 118 active COVID-19 cases among students. However, that number reflects cases among students and staff.

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