Staff shortages lead to afterschool program cuts in Turlock and Denair

Unprecedented staffing shortages have forced cuts to afterschool programs at Turlock and Denair elementary schools in Stanislaus County.

Registration for the city’s afterschool PLAY program was delayed this month, but finally opened on Thursday. The program will be offered at six schools instead of the typical eight.

Just like private businesses, the government is having a hard time recruiting and retaining workers. Recreation supervisor Karen Packwood told the Modesto Bee that candidates often don’t show up to their interviews or orientations.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times,” she said. 

The PLAY program was closed during the pandemic and has not been available to students for more than a year.


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