One of our daughters responded to a school’s closing for A Day Without a Woman on March 8. The first email is from the school’s interim superintendent. The second email is from our daughter written 30 minutes later after the first email. The school’s name, etc. is omitted.
Email 1 dated March 2, 2017, 4:15 PM from the school:
Subject: Re: Wednesday, March 8 – Optional Teacher Workday
Greetings xxxx families.
This coming Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and has also been deemed, “A Day Without a Woman.”
Women across the nation, as well as men, will be participating in a one-day demonstration to recognize the value of women. As part of this demonstration, many will be staying home from work.
In recent weeks, I started hearing from staff members who indicated they will not be coming to work on Wednesday, March 8. As we get closer to that date, I have heard from more and more staff that they will also be absent. I asked our school principals and central office department heads to survey staff to find out how many absences would occur.
The results came back, and the number was significant. In fact, it is my determination that we will not have enough staff to safely run our school district.
To that end, I am declaring Wednesday, March 8 as an optional teacher workday. There will be no school for students, and no on-site child care. Students will not be required to make up this day as the system is on schedule to meet the required number of instructional hours for the school year.
All athletic events will occur as scheduled unless otherwise notified by the coach.
Additionally, a previously scheduled delayed opening for the purpose of professional development planned for Thursday, March 9 will be canceled. Thursday will instead be a full day of school.
While xxxxxxx Schools values and supports its female employees, the decision to close schools is not a political statement. It is entirely about the safety of students and the district’s inability to operate with a high number of staff absences.
Thank you for understanding.
Our daughter’s response below with the comment to us: “Sometimes I just can’t stand it!”
Email 2 dated March 2, 2017, 4:44 PM from our daughter:
What a shame it is that these women (and men) place making their own personal political statement ahead of the value they place on educating our children (and doing their job). I am sure many of these same educators are the same ones who insist they are not paid enough. There are many other ways to make a difference and express one’s opinions without having an adverse impact on those whom they supposedly care about teaching. I am very disappointed in the people I’ve entrusted with my child.