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Ashe County High closes early due to increase in COVID-19 cases, staff shortages

The school closed at 11 a.m. Friday, according to the administration.
COVID-19 cases and staff shortages led to Ashe High School closing early Friday.
COVID-19 cases and staff shortages led to Ashe High School closing early Friday.(WBRC)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:14 AM EST
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ASHE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – Ashe County High School will close early on Friday due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and related staff shortages, administrators said.

The school closed at 11 a.m. Friday, according to the administration.

It was not immediately known how many staff members were absent due to COVID-19.

The closure comes as COVID-19 cases and staffing shortages continue to impact schools across the state.

In an effort to alleviate some of the stress for school staff, a North Carolina policy will allow state employees to use volunteer days with supervisor approval to work in North Carolina public schools as substitute teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria staff.

Related: NC educators react to policy allowing state employees to volunteer as substitute staff in schools

Gov. Roy Cooper’s new directive will allow state employees to use paid leave to serve as substitute staff in schools while also keeping any compensation they earn as substitutes.

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