NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — About 30 teachers were absent from New Bedford High School Tuesday, leaving “a few” classes unsupervised, according to New Bedford School District’s Community Relations Manager, Jonathan Carvalho.
Carvalho said he didn’t know why or how there was a high number of teachers absent. Usually, if a teacher is out, other teachers or substitutes cover their classrooms, he said; “It was just the perfect storm” for a few classrooms to be left on their own.
Some teachers had called in to say they lived 40 miles away and couldn’t traverse difficult road conditions following the latest snow storms, Carvalho said.
According to statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, New Bedford High had about 168 teachers last year. The student-to-teacher ratio was about 14 to 1.