As Blue Valley scrambles for subs amid COVID-19 staffing crunch, superintendent may teach classes

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The number of Blue Valley staff who are absent due illness has hit a new peak this year, according to the district. At the same time, the number of substitutes available is at an all-time low. To fill classroom vacancies on a daily basis, some district-level administrators, including the superintendent, have been asked to fill in at schools. File photo.

Since the official start of Blue Valley’s second semester last week, staffing shortages caused by the surging COVID-19 pandemic have plagued the district.

With the Omicron and Delta variants continuing to cause a record spike in new cases throughout Johnson County and the Kansas City metro, the number of staff who are out due to illness has hit a new peak for the year, according to the district.