On The Call: Staffing Shortages

by Jeremy Neff & Erin Wessendorf-Wortman

What’s your favorite carnival game? “Whack-A-Mole” or the “Ring Toss”, perhaps? Every day can feel like a never ending carnival game when trying to balance the needs of special education students during unprecedented staffing shortages exacerbated by the pandemic. Erin and Jeremy kindly remind us that an IEP is a contract and contract terms must be met regardless of extenuating circumstances. They cover a 2021 case from Kansas which highlights the importance of being transparent when navigating staffing shortages – and what can happen if you don’t! They provide practical tips such as prioritizing IEPs and engaging in open communication, which might just help you win a prize!

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