Edinburgh middle and high schools shift to virtual learning Wednesday due to staff shortages

By The Franklin Daily Journal

EDINBURGH — Students at Edinburgh Middle School and Edinburgh Community High School will shift to virtual learning Wednesday due to staffing shortages that have plagued schools locally and nationally.

Parents learned of the change Tuesday morning via text message.

Edinburgh schools superintendent Ron Ross did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday regarding the shortage, such as how long students will learned entirely virtually, and whether the shortage is due to COVID-19 cases.

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused Franklin schools to shift to virtual learning for students in fifth through 12th grades on Friday, though students returned to classrooms Tuesday. The change affected students at Custer Baker Intermediate School, Franklin Community Middle School and Franklin Community High School, spokesperson Robin Betts said in an email.

Whiteland Community High School also shifted to virtual learning Friday due to staffing shortages. Students were to return to classrooms Tuesday, according to an email sent to parents Thursday.

Edinburgh schools’ decision to shift to virtual learning comes shortly after four Johnson County school districts joined Edinburgh schools in implementing mask mandates due to increased COVID cases. Indian Creek schools was the only district in the county without a mask mandate as of Tuesday.