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How Indiana schools are handling teacher shortage on Red for Ed day

Region 8 Education Service Center manages substitute teacher services for 12 school districts throughout Northeast Indiana, only 4 of them are closed on Tuesday.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 3:35 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2019 9:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Business has been busier than normal for Joshua Wenning this week.

Wenning is the Executive Director of the Region 8 Education Service Center that manages substitutes for 12 school districts, four of which are closed Tuesday.

"Our districts have been in communication with our district secretaries and leaders looking for information about how many teachers have already put in for an absence that day or where they stand? How many substitute teachers they have available." Wenning said.

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The sub service manages over 1,000 active substitutes.

On Tuesday, more than 25 percent of them will be asked to work, many filling in for teachers attending the rally.

Some districts are choosing to call in subs, some are using administrators and other staff to cover classes. Wenning says each decision has the same objective.

"I know that safety of the students is the number one priority, I can promise you that," said Wenning. "So, as they look at available subs, staff who are planning to be there that day, trying to evaluate whether to stay open that day and if they are going to stay open that day, make sure they have proper coverage."

Many of these subs rely on the money that comes from working, so some schools suddenly closing is going to impact them, but Wenning encourages everyone to look at the bigger picture.

Wenning said "It's an important day for educators to try and bring light to our profession and the importance of K-12 education in this state. In reality, what educators are trying to do is bring attention to our school system. We know we can, and should be, better from a support and funding standpoint, and that means better support for students."

Stayed tuned to FOX 55 for continuing coverage of the Red for Ed movement throughout the state.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 751242

Reported Deaths: 13795
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1032931788
Lake556911009
Allen41692692
St. Joseph36990565
Hamilton36588417
Elkhart29398461
Tippecanoe22901226
Vanderburgh22556400
Porter19356325
Johnson18471389
Hendricks17682317
Clark13226195
Madison13149344
Vigo12614253
LaPorte12419221
Monroe12207176
Delaware10966198
Howard10321225
Kosciusko9630121
Hancock8576146
Bartholomew8169157
Warrick7860156
Floyd7811180
Grant7242179
Wayne7162201
Boone6966103
Morgan6761141
Dubois6218118
Marshall6209116
Cass6016110
Henry5900110
Dearborn589878
Noble581488
Jackson509076
Shelby501496
Lawrence4742122
Gibson444894
Clinton442355
Harrison441875
DeKalb439885
Montgomery438090
Whitley406543
Huntington402681
Steuben400159
Miami395269
Jasper388054
Knox375991
Putnam372960
Wabash361983
Ripley347170
Adams345555
Jefferson335886
White331953
Daviess3033100
Wells295281
Decatur289992
Greene286885
Fayette284864
Posey273835
LaGrange273072
Scott270156
Clay267148
Washington246036
Randolph244783
Jennings235349
Spencer234531
Starke228058
Fountain220948
Sullivan214643
Owen211858
Fulton202942
Jay200932
Carroll193620
Orange188255
Perry187237
Rush175926
Vermillion174844
Franklin170335
Tipton166246
Parke149416
Pike138234
Blackford136232
Pulaski120647
Newton113936
Brown104243
Crawford102516
Benton101714
Martin91715
Warren84015
Switzerland8148
Union72810
Ohio57911
Unassigned0420

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1108736

Reported Deaths: 20166
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1287201467
Cuyahoga1157922211
Hamilton813971250
Montgomery525481043
Summit484271001
Lucas43353820
Butler39013606
Stark33332929
Lorain25672505
Warren24591303
Mahoning22370603
Lake21207388
Clermont20117253
Delaware18852136
Licking16662222
Fairfield16574204
Trumbull16548482
Medina15610271
Greene15281248
Clark14237306
Wood13292200
Portage13251215
Allen11913239
Richland11605211
Miami10849225
Wayne9141223
Columbiana9032230
Muskingum8906135
Pickaway8663122
Tuscarawas8649250
Marion8642138
Erie8056165
Ashtabula7160179
Hancock6998132
Ross6944161
Geauga6838151
Scioto6534106
Belmont6157174
Union584549
Lawrence5731102
Jefferson5678158
Huron5546122
Sandusky5442126
Darke5420129
Seneca5348128
Washington5319109
Athens523960
Auglaize502187
Mercer487385
Shelby476895
Knox4571112
Madison444266
Ashland435797
Putnam4336103
Defiance432399
Fulton432074
Crawford4037110
Brown402461
Logan387677
Preble3855105
Clinton379166
Ottawa373681
Highland359665
Williams348278
Champaign344759
Guernsey324953
Jackson318254
Perry297350
Morrow291840
Fayette285450
Hardin275265
Henry273467
Holmes2701101
Coshocton269060
Van Wert247264
Adams243256
Pike242835
Gallia240650
Wyandot234556
Hocking220563
Carroll197348
Paulding176542
Meigs148440
Monroe136344
Noble136239
Harrison114138
Morgan109624
Vinton85517
Unassigned03
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