The Pandemic this, the Pandemic that... Corona this, Corona that, COVID here, COVID there... Just when we thought we had seen it all 2020 delivers another surprise. The West Ada widely publicized teacher "sick-out" took place after the West Ada School Board voted to let students back to school for in-person classes on alternating days even-though Ada County is officially in the "red" category. From a teachers standpoint, how do you enforce safety measures that are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19? Even at half the classrooms capacity is it feasible during in-person learning?

Monday over 650 teachers called in sick and now according to President of West Ada Education Association Eric Thies, the president of the teachers union now more than 500 teachers have called in sick for Tuesday. The next question is how long does this go on? Will there be classes on Wednesday? A ktvb article says Wednesday is a target date for students to return to class.

"We are sadly unable to safely hold school tomorrow due to supervision concerns. This includes students enrolled in Virtual Schoolhouse, and students who would have been learning remotely," the district said in a statement. "We are continuing to work with the West Ada Education Association to find solutions to their concerns so we can hold school on Wednesday."

Needles to say if your employer asked you to go into an environment that wasn't safe for you, you would most likely protest. This situation is worse than that because not only are the teachers put into an unsafe situation but so are the students. It's a complicated scenario to say the least.

 

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