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Schools Face Staff Shortages And The Youngest Students May Be Falling Behind

School staffing agencies say if more workers take time off over the flu and holiday season, schools could reach a breaking point. Kindergarten enrollment fell 9% and preschool enrollment dropped 21%. The lack of early education could affect how students perform for years to come.

Schools nationwide are running out of bus drivers, lunch food, and even teachers. KCUR's Jodi Fortino reports on how schools in the Kansas City area are dealing with this shortage.

Also, thousands of Kansas families chose to keep their preschoolers and kindergarteners home during the pandemic. Kansas News Service reporter Suzanne Perezchecks in as those students head to school for the first time.

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