OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — With a little more than 20 staff members out of school due to COVID-19, Ozark City Schools employees are stepping up to the plate to fill in the gaps created by the staff shortage.

Many employees from all areas, including the superintendent, are doing all they can to ensure students continue to stay in the building.

“People from different buildings are working to support each other,” Ozark City Schools Superintendent, Reeivice Girtman said. “I’ll be in a classroom tomorrow trying to help and support staff and teachers as well.”

Out of more than 2,000 students, less than 100 are out of school with COVIDrelated issues.

Ozark City Schools have been proactive in fighting this virus for a while now by implementing a mask mandate, offering free covid testing to staff and students, and hosting vaccine clinics throughout the year.

“We know the last thing that our parents want to do is to us go virtual,” Girtman said. “So we are doing everything we can to keep our doors open.”

As of right Ozark City Schools has no intention of transitioning to remote learning, but around the Wiregrass, other schools have different plans.

Early County High School is learning virtually until next week due to staff shortages.

Enterprise City Schools are keeping an eye on the situation and say they may have to revert to holding classes in a virtual in the near future.

Dale County Schools have no plans to shut down schools at the moment, but have a plan to go virtual should they see issues in the future.