Staffing Shortages Affect City of Decatur After-School Programs

The City of Decatur is cutting back on after-school programs because of staffing shortages, according to an article by decaturish published on Wednesday.

The article lists out a multitude of programs that the city will be changing for the upcoming school year.

“– Project REAL 6th-8th grade program will not operate in 2021-22. Families will need to make other arrangements for enrolled middle schoolers.

– Ebster Whiz Kids will not operate at Ebster Recreation Center. All Ebster Whiz Kids enrollees will be absorbed into the Fifth Avenue Whiz Kids program.

– Whiz Kids (3rd-5th grade) programs at Talley Street and Fifth Avenue should open on AUGUST 31. CYS will review staffing levels as of August 16 and update Whiz Kids families to confirm whether an 8/31 opening date is feasible (or whether a later date will need to be set based on staffing levels).

– Animal Crackers (K-2nd grade) programs at Clairemont, Glennwood, Oakhurst, Westchester, and Winnona Park will open as planned on August 3 (first day of school).” – From Decaturish

The City of Decatur is not alone in having these staff shortages. Staff shortages have been happening from all across the country, many stemming from the pandemic. 

On Tuesday, the City of Decatur released a Facebook post announcing that the city had afterschool counselor positions available, as well as discussing when the role begins and the pay for the position.

“The role begins July 27-30, 2021 with orientation and then starts with the school on August 3, 2021,” said the Facebook post.

“Schedules are 2-6:15 pm or 2:30-6:15 pm M-F on school days from August through May with some additional hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year for meetings and professional development. The pay rate is $12 or $13/hour DOQ.”

Potential applicants can apply using this link.

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