The pandemic is putting a spotlight on the teacher shortage in Connecticut.

School districts are preparing for as much as 10 percent of their staff not to return in the fall.

Now there’s concern that there may not be enough substitute teachers, which were already in high demand before the pandemic, to bridge the gap.

“Every district that I know of has a shortage of qualified substitutes every single year,” said Southington Schools Superintendent Timothy Connellan.

In a national survey conducted last winter by EdWeek Research Center and Kelly Education, which supports upwards of 50 Connecticut school districts, 60 percent of the 2,000 school administrators interviewed (including 35 to 40 in Connecticut) said substitute teachers were increasingly filling permanent teacher vacancies.  More than 70

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