NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Several local school districts are making changes to help teachers’ mental health. That includes adjusting schedules to give them uninterrupted time to plan lessons.
Norfolk Public Schools is the latest division to add extra days off and pay for those who substitute in other teachers’ classes during their planning time.
Some argue it’s still not enough.
“I’m not going to come here on this TV station and say this solves anything… It solves nothing,” said Norfolk Federation of Teachers President Thomas Calhoun.
Calhoun said it’s a nice gesture, but the school system remains short-staffed among teachers, teachers assistants, substitutes, and bus drivers.
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“When they come back after their day off … we still going to be short of everyone I just told…