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Sun Aug 16, 2020, 08:21 AM

Calls for nationwide sickout as Arizona school district cancels reopening

Source: The Guardian

Calls for nationwide sickout as Arizona school district cancels reopening

Arizona public school district forced to abandon plans after more than 100 teachers and staff members called in sick

Lois Beckett
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Sat 15 Aug 2020 21.12 BST
Last modified on Sun 16 Aug 2020 04.30 BST

An Arizona public school district was forced to cancel its plans to reopen on Monday after more than 100 teachers and other staff members called in sick.

“We have received an overwhelming response from staff indicating that they do not feel safe returning to classrooms with students,” Gregory Wyman, district superintendent, said in a statement on Friday.

Now some activists in Arizona, which saw a high-profile teachers’ strike in 2018, said they hope teachers across America will adopt a similar strategy to keep educators safe, as some parents and politicians continue to push for schools in the US to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’d love to see a nationwide sickout,” Kelley Fisher, an Arizona kindergarten teacher who has led protests in the state, told Reuters on Friday.

In San Tan Valley, a suburb of Phoenix, the JO Combs unified school district’s board of governors had voted to resume in-person classes on Monday. Another school district nearby had made a similar choice, pressured by some parents who argued that reopening schools would be best for their children.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/15/us-schools-reopening-teachers-sickout-arizona

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