100+ teachers out sick in Canyons School District

100+ teachers out sick in Canyons (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV)- Over the last two days, more than 100 educators have called in sick due to the cold or flu.

“That’s almost three entire elementary schools with teachers out sick. Either they’re sick or they have kids at home they need to take care of,” district spokesperson, Jeff Haney, said.

Wednesday, 51 teachers were out, and 54 teachers were sick Thursday. Haney says those numbers are actually pretty reasonable for this time of year.

“Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem. We’d be able to call in substitutes and could cover,” he said. “As we called substitutes, they were sick, too. And as we called emergency substitutes, they were sick too.”

They had to get creative to fill the classes with "qualified" educators.

“We have turned to assistance, brought in administrators, turned to our emergency subs, so every class is covered.”

Every classroom was staffed and the day went on as normal, but the district is hoping to have more options with backup substitute teachers. Those are the qualified educators with an associates degree and clear background check.

If you’d like to become a backup substitute, go to the Canyons School District website at http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/hr

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