Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Aminata Reynolds, 8, is ushered into school Aug. 16 by gifted teacher Vicki Westwood on the first of school at Pickerington Elementary School.

When the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, John Wilson, like so many educators, had to quickly adjust to working from home as schools shut down across Ohio and the country. 

The high school social studies teacher learned how to transition to virtually teaching his 75 students at Madison Christian School in Groveport from his home office. By the end of April, however, Wilson, 64, was ready to retire a year earlier than he had planned. 

“I have an autoimmune disease, so I take immunosuppressive drugs,” he said. “And it’s just like, ‘No, I’m not going to go back into the classroom again.'”

Wilson’s health worries echo the concerns many educators are experiencing as they work through the pandemic, according to a June study published by The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization based in Santa Monica, California.

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