A school district near Buffalo, NY delayed the start of its school year on Friday for students studying remotely and released a statement blaming dozens of resignations and sick leave requests from teachers in the district for the move.
In a statement released Friday, the Williamsville Central School District said students studying remotely or through hybrid models would indefinitely delay their school years. Those returning to personal hybrid learning models would apparently see their classes start on Tuesday.
The statement accused 90 school employees of being on sick leave due to COVID-19, as well as the resignation of more than 100 employees.
“Delaying the launch of our completely removed online learning model is the best way to go right now,”
Williamsville Teachers’ Association officials busted the superintendent’s statement on Twitter. They found that only six members of the district teaching staff had resigned, and indicated that the number included dozens of retirements that the district was informed of before March of the final school year.
“So four teachers are expected to retire and six teachers are expected to step down in the last five months, resulting in the district not being able to offer distance learning?” reads a statement from the union.
Fact check: pic.twitter.com/RWhlDNFxhR
– Williamsville TA (@WilliamsvilleTA) September 5, 2020
School officials across the country are struggling to find optimal ways for students to return to class in the fall. Many major school districts in the U.S. have turned to all-online models because of ongoing fears related to the coronavirus outbreak.