Shortage of substitute teachers plagues some schools

PAPER PACKET: Ashley Breault helps her daughter Maria do her kindergarten work. Breault had to pick up the homework at her daughter’s school, Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Central Falls, after her daughter’s teacher had to go on medical leave and was replaced by a long-term substitute teacher. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PAPER PACKET: Ashley Breault helps her daughter Maria do her kindergarten work. Breault had to pick up the homework at her daughter’s school, Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Central Falls, after her daughter’s teacher had to go on medical leave and was replaced by a long-term substitute teacher. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Ashley Breault wasn’t sure what was happening those first few days of school in September. For a week, her 5-year-old daughter Maria didn’t have a teacher after Veterans Memorial Elementary in Central Falls reopened virtually on Sept. 14. “We finally got some type of communication after I complained,” said Breault, who also has a son…

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