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Filer schools close for a week due to lack of staff
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Filer schools close for a week due to lack of staff

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Filer High School is pictured in July 2014.

FILER — Schools will be closed for more than a week due to low staffing levels, the Filer School District announced Wednesday.

Schools districtwide will close Friday through Oct. 4 “due to excessive staff absences and the shortage of substitute teachers,” the district posted on Facebook.

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Staffing has been an issue for many Idaho schools this year as COVID-19 deaths, illnesses and quarantines have made staff unavailable. Filer School District business manager Arron Phinney, however, told the Times-News that the low staffing levels at the schools are only partially due to COVID-related absences.

Filer Middle School said students will not have assigned academic activities during the closure. Athletic events will be rescheduled when possible. If rescheduling an event is not possible, it will still occur, but spectators will be required to wear a mask or social distance in the stands.

Anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher is asked to contact the district office at 208-326-5981.

Gooding School District has likewise struggled to find teachers and substitutes, but the school board voted Tuesday night to end a mask mandate for its campuses.

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