Teachers in Arizona have staged a “sickout” that has forced a Phoenix-area school district to abandon its plans to reopen due to “insufficient staffing levels.”
As a result of the “sickout” by more than 100 staff members, the J.O. Combs Unified School District in Pinal County will cancel both in-person and virtual learning for its students.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and experts from many fields have urged schools to reopen, the school district sent out a letter to its families Friday stating “all classes will be canceled.”
Superintendent Dr. Gregory Wyman wrote the Governing Board received “an overwhelming response from staff indicating that they do not feel safe returning to classrooms with students.”