More than 60 new teachers joined Halifax County Public School staff at Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center Tuesday for new teacher orientation.
Typically, the school system sees an average of 30 teachers come on board for a new school, according to assistant superintendent Valdivia Hall.
This summer the school system witnessed an increase in the number of teachers who resigned or retired after the 2020-2021 school year compared to previous years with many of them seeking higher pay at other school districts and some deciding to change careers after having to complete a hybrid year due to COVID-19.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Hall of filling those jobs left void after the mass exodus of teachers.
They looked to avenues such as the career switcher provided at various community colleges and universities to find teachers for the upcoming school year.
Career switchers, Hall said, are “excited, interested and ready to learn.”
Teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, and were unable to complete orientation due to COVID-19, also were invited to attend Tuesday’s orientation.
New teachers, Hall, said, will also receive guidance in their buildings from principals, other teachers and staff.