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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the Salida School District has dealt with quarantines of both staff and students, it has announced that it is looking for qualified applicants to fill their need for substitute teachers.

Over the summer the district spent countless hours updating the facilities and working with local public health officials to ensure the district was prepared to safely manage in-person learning for much of the year. The district was able to navigate the first quarter of the year  with current staff, however the most recent collection of cases shows a need for more substitutes.

According to the school board, “the biggest risk to sustained in-person learning is a lack of reserve staff to prepare for the inevitable difficulties that will arise. The district’s plan is only as good as their people; therefore they need the community’s help. They recognize the need to better support their staff.”

Managing a pandemic in a small town means coming together through volunteerism and trust to do whatever is needed. Substitute teaching for the district this year means more than just supporting students when their primary teachers are out of the classroom.According to the school, “This is an opportunity to be part of a unified system that is working to set standards for how to respond to a pandemic in rural towns.”

The district acknowledges that the past year has been emotionally and physically difficult, but say the school’s response is proving that Salida is not defined by what happens to us but by how the community responds. Representatives of the district say they would love for community members to consider being part of their team that is committed to serving and moving forward with a positive outlook and tangible goals to better the students.

For more information contact Shannon Scheffel at 719-530-5209 or at