The Kenosha school district is transitioning to online learning at seven middle and high schools after 276 teachers reported absent Monday.
The absences started trickling in Sunday evening, forcing the district to announce the switch in a 10:30 p.m. Facebook post.
As of Sunday, the district was reporting 10 cases of the coronavirus among its students and staff.
Asked Monday if the absences were part of an organized demonstration against working conditions related to the pandemic, district spokesperson Tanya Ruder said, “That I don’t know at this time. We are having to do some research.”
Kenosha teachers do not have to provide a reason when initially calling in sick, Ruder said. Beyond the 276 teachers, non-faculty staff also reported absent for Monday, but Ruder did not have a number.
Tuesday, Ruder said faculty absence rates returned to normal.
She said 266 of Monday's absences were excused. Seventeen people reported symptoms of the coronavirus. The district is still following up with 10 teachers who did not report to work.Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/09/21/276-kenosha-teachers-call-sick-forcing-switch-virtual-school/5855768002/