I hope you had the opportunity for some rest and relaxation during the summer, as well as time to enjoy friends and family. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23rd, and our students and parents are eager to start the new school year.
To kick off the year, I look forward to seeing each of you at our back-to-school meeting on Monday, August 21st. Upon arrival, please come to the Eureka High School Auditorium Foyer where you will be welcomed by your principal or supervisor. Continental breakfast will be available at 7:30a.m. in the foyer. At 8:00a.m. we will proceed into the auditorium for our meeting. Please see the back of this letter for additional details about staff activities for August 21st and 22nd. These details are also posted on our website and District Facebook page.
California is facing a teacher shortage unlike any it has previously experienced. This statewide shortage is impacting Humboldt County schools as well. This means the quality of teachers we can place in our classrooms is in jeopardy.
Historically, schools have been spoiled behind the Redwood Curtain, with an abundance of teachers clamoring to teach in our local schools. Humboldt State University (HSU) had a dynamic teacher preparation program, attracting future teachers from around the state and some from around the nation. During their time in school, many students fell in love with the north coast and decided to call it home. When we opened an elementary teaching position, we typically received over 100 applicants. So what happened to create the critical shortage we are experiencing? The answer to this question involves multiple factors.