ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Students in the Allegheny Valley School District walked out of school Wednesday to protest what they call staffing issues.
It’s a problem we know of in other districts in western Pennsylvania, but they say Wednesday was the worst, especially at a high school with a large number of students sent to the auditorium because they had no substitutes to teach multiple classes.
Springdale High School students staged the walkout the day before the Thanksgiving holiday. About 60 to 70 students, some holding signs supporting the teachers, said there was a shortage of teachers and it was affecting their school day.
Senior Kaitlyn Claus organized the walkout.
“We had seven classes today that had teachers away, and instead of having one sub to cover them all, they put them all in the
auditorium to be monitored by the deputy director,” Claus said. “We have the nurse who covers the lessons. I have a medical problem; if I need the nurse, I need to know where she is, and if she’s covering classes, how am I supposed to find her? »
“Six out of seven classes I had a substitute today,” student Jordan Dettlinger said.
“Today was probably our worst day. I went down to the auditorium to see what was going on. I saw 50 kids and two teachers, and everyone was just on the phone,” junior Brayden said. Layhew.
“My sister is in seventh grade. She has two free periods a day, sitting in a class being guarded,” junior Madison Shock said.
We reached out to Allegheny Valley District leaders, and they told Channel 11 that they fired a few teachers earlier this year, in line with what other schools in western Pennsylvania are going through. .
They currently only have one position open for a biology teacher, and they are moving another teacher in-house to cover it, a move they say is life-altering for some of the children.
“We also do it for our teachers. It’s unfair to them. They waste their lunch, their planning period. The nurse does not know how to teach; she is told what to do. It’s unfair to them,” Shock said.
The district tells us no teaching positions were cut, but there were a number of absentee teachers Wednesday and substitute teachers are in short supply statewide. When submarines are not available, other personnel will take over.
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