Mt. Carmel H.S. switching to remote learning due to lack of staff

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Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 1:22 PM CST
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MT. CARMEL, Ill. (WFIE) - Mt. Carmel High School students will switch to remote learning through next Monday.

According to the school district, the change comes as the school is dealing with a lack of faculty and staff coverage.

Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bleyer says the lack of staff is due to a lot of reasons, but Covid-19 is the main one.

“Covid not only affects the teacher, they can’t come to work. But, there’s also the teacher’s aids, the cooks, or you name it. They also have family members they have to care for,” says Bleyer.

For now, all high school extracurriculars will go on as planned, so long as there is enough adult coverage.

Here is the statement on Wabash CUSD #348′s website:

Due to a lack of faculty and staff coverage, beginning tomorrow, January 11th - January 17th, Mt. Carmel High School students will be placed on Remote Learning status. This adaptive pause will insure that the Junior High, Grade School, and the Elementary school will remain in operation. As long as there is proper adult coverage, all high school extracurricular activities will remain on schedule. If coverage is not satisfactory, those events may be canceled. Food will be available for high school students and may be picked up between 12 pm and 12:30 pm. Teachers are currently transitioning to remote learning and will be communicating with the students. If you have any questions, please contact the high school office.

This also comes as the Wabash County Health Department says they’ve reached a pandemic record in a single day.

They reported 55 new cases on Monday.

According to the Illinois coronavirus website, Wabash County has reported 2,607 total cases and 19 deaths since the pandemic started.

The health department is reminding residents to stay home if you’re sick and to wear a mask.

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