Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Coronavirus in Schuylkill County

Gillingham Charter School in Pottsville Switching to Virtual Classes Amid “Omicron” Outbreak

Positive tests and quarantines among teachers have left the school short-staffed since returning from Christmas break.

Students attending Gillingham Charter School in Pottsville will be attending class virtually for the next 6 school days. The school is dealing with staffing shortages amid the “Omicron” variant COVID outbreak in Schuylkill County.

On Tuesday, Gillingham administration sent a notice to parents indicating the school would be doing virtual-only classes starting Jan. 13. And this virtual-only class time would extend through next week with a planned return to in-person classes on Jan. 24. Gillingham is closed on Jan. 17 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In that notice to parents, the school administration says, “We are seeing an increase in COVID cases in our school community. Even with the vaccination and booster, more and more of us are getting sick with COVID.”

The school says 20% of teachers and staff have tested positive for or been forced to quarantine because of COVID since returning from the Christmas break.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“This is putting a huge strain on all of us in so many ways. Most days it’s incredibly difficult for our staff to cover everyone who is out sick or quarantining, especially since there’s a nationwide shortage of substitute teachers,” the notice reads.

They say an internal survey of school staff found a “high majority” of them would approve of a switch to remote learning.

Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Obituaries Index

The latest obituaries from Schuylkill County .

PA Lottery Numbers

Check those tickets!

Local Weather

The S word is in the forecast but doesn't look like it's anything to worry about at all.

Local Business News

Learn the inspiring story behind what started this handmade leather earrings business.

Local Business News

Lots of great gift ideas this holiday season from Pressed!

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Michael W. Brennan Jr., 53, of Tower City, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville.

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Carolyn Jane (Lanzetta) Carroll formerly of Auburn, age 82, passed away peacefully at Tremont Health and Rehab Center, Tremont, after an extended battle with...

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Stanley P. Brozana Jr. passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the age of 72 after a battle with brain tumors...

Schuylkill County News

Autopsy revealed intrauterine fentanyl toxicity, court documents show.

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Alberta “Dolly” Eye, 100, Girardville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 28th.

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Gerald Reading, 75, of Schuylkill Haven passed away Wednesday, November 29th, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Gerald Reading, 75, of Schuylkill Haven passed away Wednesday, November 29th, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.