A shortage of teachers at Grayville High School has led to the district turning to the internet to fill in the gaps until they are able to hire new staff members.

The Grayville School District currently has 27 teachers employed, seven of which teach at the high school level. While the district has filled all teaching positions, it is still searching for a properly licensed high school English/Language Arts and junior high and high school Physical Education teachers, as well as a guidance counselor.

Without some staff members having the proper licensing to teach needed courses, the district has begun enrolling students in classes through the internet.

“The only core courses the district is having to offer online is English II, III and IV,” said Sarah Emery, superintendent of schools. “All other courses are either dual credit, credit recovery for students who have failed a course and would like to get caught up or something the district has never offered, such as Medical Terminology.”

The superintendent also noted that there are foreign language courses at the school offered through the Rosetta Stone program. For those classes that are required of students, the district will cover the costs associated with taking those courses online.

“The school will pay for the course and all materials associated with the course for required core classes,” she explained. “The district also purchases an annual subscription to Rosetta Stone for students to take free of charge.

“Students choosing to enroll in credit recovery, dual credit or other courses are responsible for paying the course and material fees.”

The district also has staff assigned to routinely check on the progress of students enrolled in online courses to monitor their progress. For the English core classes, that facilitator was part-time long-term substitute teacher Laurel Powell, hired during a special meeting of the Grayville Board of Education earlier this month.

Using a substitute to comes with limitations, however.

“As far as English, we have also hired an Illinois licensed instructor,” said Emery of the situation. “However, she does not have a license in English/Language Arts.

“As a result, we have enrolled our sophomores, juniors and seniors who are not already taking an online dual credit English course with Illinois Virtual Schools.”

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