Arizona school forced to cancel plans to reopen after teachers stage “sick out”

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.

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 said 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.”