As the Hayward Community School District “flips the switch” to entirely virtual instruction for all students in grades 6-12 from Nov. 17 to Dec. 7 (see separate story, page 1A), Supt. Craig Olson told the Board of Education Monday that it’s primarily due to not having enough substitute teachers for teachers who are ill or out on quarantine.

The switch to a virtual format “is not a COVID case scenario,” Olson said. As of Nov. 12, through the first 53 days of the school year, Hayward schools have had 12 students and seven staff test positive for COVID-19, he said. In addition, 15 staff have had “close contact with those kids” and have been required to stay out of school for the designated time.

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