- A school district in Ohio served students take-away pizza due to lack of kitchen staff.
- Students at Independence High were offered a slice as well as a fruit, vegetable and milk.
- It highlighted the challenges that schools and businesses face due to staff shortages.
A school in the Independence, Ohio district said it was forced to serve students take-away pizza for lunch due to a shortage of cafeteria workers.
A Facebook group for Independence Local Schools announced that students at Independence High School would be served “a slice of Romito’s pizza, a fruit, vegetable and milk” Friday, Jan. 14, for lunch.
It added that there would be no additional items available for students due to staff shortages.
The announcement asked parents to “plan accordingly” if they prefer their child to eat something else at school.
Independence High School did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Schools around the country are struggling with staff shortages, which in some cases are blamed for COVID-19-related illness. In other cases, staff redundancies in the midst of the large resignation may have played a role.
Other sectors, including the U.S. military and transportation industry, are facing similar battles.
The owner of Romito’s, the pizzeria that the school ordered from, told the local news media Fox8: “Independence High School decided to place a large order for pizzas after staff found out they did not have enough cafeteria workers to make lunch for. students on Friday. ”
He added that the huge order was a sign of the hard times that people were facing as a result of staffing issues. “We’re all in a pickle right now,” he told the store. “Everyone lacks staff.”
Meanwhile, back at Independence High School, some executives were given no choice but to take on two jobs at the same time. According to Fox8, the district service manager served students pizza for lunch and ran bus routes before and after school.
Earlier this month, a school district in Iowa canceled classes after facing a similar problem in obtaining school bus drivers.