HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Administrators at Hamilton Southeastern Schools faced a teacher shortage Friday.
As many as 145 teachers were not at work on Friday either due to pre-scheduled days off or calling in sick. That's more than 10 percent of the total teaching staff; there are 1,400 teachers and instructional assistants.
School district spokesperson, Marianna Richards, described the situation as "unusual."
A large number of absences resulted from personal or professional days pre-arranged months or weeks ahead. Others were for bereavement, family or personal illness.
Richards said there were close to 40 call-ins overnight.
The district has experienced elevated levels of absence due to flu in recent weeks, she said.
Parents of students in the district wondered if the high number of absences had anything to do with Friday afternoon's Indiana University basketball game in Dayton, Ohio.
"We do not believe the high numbers were a result of the NCAA tournament," Richards said in a release.
Richards confirmed the district was not able to find enough substitute teachers to fill all the teaching slots. She said 115 substitutes were placed in classrooms.
She says the school corporation relied on teachers and administrators at the affected schools to give up their break time and free periods to ensure classrooms are properly staffed.
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