Administrators warn of 'critical' teacher shortage in Port Angeles School District

Levels are so low there is talk of canceling some classes if the numbers don’t improve.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Administrators in the Port Angeles School District are warning of a “critical” shortage of staff that could have dire consequences.

Ten-percent of the district’s classroom positions are vacant, leaving teachers feeling like they have no choice but to go to work.

“It’s like I’d have to be hospital sick to not show up to work,” said Dry Creek Elementary School teacher Kailee Lanier.

Teachers, paraeducators and substitutes are all in short supply. Until recently, the district had 31 unfilled positions. That number is

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