(BREAKING WIDE) – Teachers Fake Illness Forcing Arizona School to Cancel Reopening Plans.
Earlier, the decision to return to in-person learning passed by the Queen Creek Unified School Board Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote.
After the district had voted to return to in person teaching, J.O. Combs, an East Valley, Arizona school was forced to cancel plans after too many teachers simply didn’t show up and staging a “sick out”. Monday was supposed to be the first day of in-person teaching but by Friday afternoon the school had announced the plans had been scrapped.
Gregory A. Wyman, Superintendent of J.O. Combs said in a statement that the district had received an “overwhelming response” from staff. Many teachers indicated that they did not feel safe to return to teaching amid the pandemic.
Wyman explained in a statement. “Due to these insufficient staffing levels, schools will not be able to re-open on Monday as planned.” He added “at this time, we do not know the duration of these staff absences, and cannot yet confirm when in-person instruction may resume.”
While new cases have fallen sharply in Arizona since a peak in July, according to data compiled by The New York Times, state information released on Thursday shows that no county in the Phoenix metropolitan area has met all the benchmarks necessary for in-person learning.
The staff objection to the early opening comes after some schools in other parts of the country have struggled to open and enforce precautionary behavior among students. A suburban county outside Atlanta was forced to quarantine nearly 1,200 students and staff members this week after a wave of infections tore through the county’s schools.
With the United States facing an alarming drop in coronavirus testing that threatens to undermine national monitoring efforts, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for a new saliva-based test to detect the virus.
The new test, SalivaDirect, was developed by researchers at Yale University with some of the funding coming from the N.B.A. and the National Basketball Players Association, the university announced on Saturday in a news release. The method, it said, was being further validated through testing of asymptomatic N.B.A. players and staff members.
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