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Staffing shortages, high infection rates close Lake Tahoe Unified, one Yuba City school

Staffing shortages and high rates of Covid infection are forcing more schools to close temporarily. All seven schools in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District closed Thursday, and Butte Vista Elementary School in Yuba City closed today.

All of the schools are expected to reopen on Tuesday after the long holiday weekend.

“We’ve struggled to keep schools open this week and it has been quite strenuous on our staff and their families,” said district officials in a statement. “In looking at tomorrow’s anticipated absences, it appears we will have a scenario much like today’s. Every staff member at LTUSD knows that keeping school open is what’s best for kids but current conditions continue to intensify and we are at a breaking point.”

Lake Tahoe attributed its closure to staffing shortages related to Covid infections. Butte Vista Elementary officials canceled classes after consulting with the county health officer about escalating infection rates among students and staff.

Chandler encouraged students and staff to stay home during the closure to curb the spread of the virus and to take care of their health. Families in the Lake Tahoe district and Butte Vista Elementary can contact their schools about testing.

“On behalf of the entire district we are immensely grateful to all fellow staff members who have covered the duties of their co-workers, worked overtime, tracked Covid cases and attendance, worked their prep periods, and used all other creative ways to cover classrooms during one of the most challenging times in our District’s history,” Chandler said.