Lack of subs leads to long days in wrong classes

Lack of subs leads to long days in wrong classes

Administrators say they'll address the problem

PAWTUCKET - Jay Charbonneau says he couldn't believe what his son was telling him.

"You what?" he remembers exclaiming.

One day, just before Easter, it seems, his son Connor, a 3rd-grader at Potter-Burns Elementary School, was placed in a classroom of 5th-graders for the entire school day with nothing to do but doodle in a notebook.

A few days later, Charbonneau received a call from the school on Newport Avenue asking him to bring a dry set of clothes after a playground mishap. When Charbonneau arrived, he asked Connor how his day was going.

"He said, 'I'm in a 4th-grade class this time,'" said Charbonneau.

"I asked him, 'You don't have a sub again?' He said no." Connor and his classmates had been given some "busy work" to do, said Charbonneau, but his son was done with it and was again expecting to sit in the back of the classroom for the rest of the day.

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