Columbus school teachers out sick

Just a week after resuming some in-person classes, three Columbus elementary schools have shifted back to fully online instruction this week.

Monday was supposed to be the first day of school districtwide for half of students in fourth and fifth grade. 

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But Ohio Avenue, Innis and Easthaven elementary schools did not welcome any students on Monday because of staffing issues, including a lack of substitute teachers, said John Coneglio, president of Columbus Education Association, the district’s teachers union, which represents about 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists and other employees.

According to the Ohio Avenue Elementary, Innis and Easthaven elementary school websites, all classes will be online for at least one week.

In addition to the three elementary schools, isolated classrooms throughout the school district — including at Africentric Early College — have returned to virtual instruction, Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon told The Dispatch on Monday.

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