Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.
The drop in attendance last week could be due to fears families have over their kids contracting COVID-19. One student group just had slightly more than 70% of kids attending in-person classes.
Students aren’t the only ones with attendance issues. Human Resources Director Paul McDole said CPS is starting to see a trend of employee absences.
“We had over 500 staff members district-wide in all of our schools that we’re out last Thursday,” McDole said. “If you think about percentages, if I say that 8 percent of our teaching staff is out, that’s over 240 positions district-wide that we are then trying to fill.”