CHICAGO (CBS) — Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has canceled school on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 due to staff shortages, according to a letter from the district’s superintendent.
“As we head into the weekend, I would like to provide as much notice as possible that it will be necessary to cancel school next week on Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23. There will be no school for all PreK-8 grade students in District 65,” Dr. Devon Horton wrote in a letter sent out Friday.READ MORE: Cook County Surpasses 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994
Devon wrote that students and staff will return on Monday, Nov. 29, following the fall break.
“This decision was made both in the interest of safety and the mental health of our team,” Horton wrote.READ MORE: Three Killed, Six Injured In School Shooting In Oxford, Michigan
He said the district will not have adequate staffing or sub coverage to conhold school.
“We believe this is a result of educators and support staff needing to rest and focus on mental health and also to tend to their own families,” the letter states.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?
Additional staff from the district’s central office could not cover the shortage either. The district was also unable to coordinate childcare services for families as those services are also experiencing staffing shortages.