Milpitas Unified schools are moving to online learning until mid-January

Falling in line with other Bay Area school districts forced to close schools after facing staffing shortages, low test availability and high COVID-19 case rates this week, Milpitas schools will move classes back online temporarily for most students starting Monday until mid-January.

The Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education voted Thursday night to send kids back to virtual learning until Jan. 18. The school board hopes the timeframe will give students enough time to quarantine for 10 days at home if they are sick from the virus and return to school healthy.

“This week we have had an exorbitant number of positive student and staff cases, resulting in an even higher number of students and staff placed in quarantine,” a letter to the school community from the superintendent’s office reads. “Given the number of cases, the possibility of being in close contact with a positive case has increased.”

The district is also facing a teacher and staffing shortage. The district had 167 substitute teacher positions and 107 support staff positions go unfilled this week, requiring administrative staff to cover classes in place of teachers who stayed home.

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