With COVID staffing crunch, who’s going to teach the kids?

  • Brian McKinney, right, who has children in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, in Kyle, Texas, teaches a class at Johnson High School, in Buda, Texas, on Jan. 27. McKinney, a small business owner and former teacher, is among parents the district has hired to work as substitute teachers during a staffing crunch. He returned to the classroom after about 15 years away. (Moses Leos III/Hays Consolidated Independent School District via AP)

With teacher absences mounting and substitutes in short supply, parents may be wondering: Who’s teaching the kids?