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Low Number of FSPS Educators Cite COVID-19 as Reason for Departure

Low Number of FSPS Educators Cite COVID-19 as Reason for Departure

It has been reported that 215 Fort Smith Public Schools teachers resigned because of concerns related to COVID-19. Actually, “215” represents the total number of certified staff and classified staff - educators and support personnel - who resigned or retired for any reason during the entire 2019-2020 school year. The number of educators with direct student contact who indicated that their retirements or resignations were related to COVID-19 concerns is 14. 

FSPS employs approximately 2,000 full-time staff. Approximately 10-12% of the total FSPS staff retires or resigns from a variety of positions annually. In 2018-2019, 225 staff members retired or resigned compared to 215 staff members who retired or resigned in 2019-2020.