Staffing Wisconsin schools is a ‘nightmare’ amid teacher unease, substitute shortage and quarantines

Samantha West and Annysa Johnson:

What had been a relaxing Sunday away from the stress of leading Wisconsin’s fourth-largest school district through a pandemic quickly turned chaotic when, late that night, Green Bay Superintendent Steve Murley’s phone rang.

A food service staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. But that didn’t equate to just one absence that would easily be filled. It meant the majority of food service staff at that school would need to quarantine for the next two weeks. 

Who was going to cook and deliver the food that thousands of students and families were counting on the next day?

“At one point, we were thinking the administrative team would need to be there, driving delivery trucks and cooking food, and we were preparing to do that,” Murley said.