Seattle Schools Canceled Classes Due to Staffing Shortage

( Since schools were closed on Thursday, November 11 for Veterans Day, over 600 teachers in the Seattle Public Schools requested substitute teachers so they could take Friday off as well. Then when additional requests for the day off began pouring in at the beginning of the week, the school district was forced to cancel classes for Friday.

In a letter sent to parents, the Seattle Public Schools announced that there would be no in-person or remote instruction on Veterans Day or Friday, November 12 because the school could not “ensure the highest quality environment for student learning.”

It is not uncommon to receive requests from teachers to take the day after Veterans Day off, but the sheer volume of requests made it impossible for the school to function. The district informed parents that the lost day would be made up at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Seattle Public Schools told Fox News that leave requests after a federal holiday are “indicative” of the fatigue staff and students have been experiencing since the return to in-person teaching. They argued that giving them a 4-day weekend might “offer physical, mental, and emotional restoration.”

Oh, for heaven’s sake.

They’re not serving in combat. They’re not the police. And it isn’t as if in-person teaching is some strange, new phenomenon never tried before.

This never-ending attempt to portray teachers as victims because they spent months having to zoom their classes instead of going into work is getting old.

On Saturday, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, tweeted the link to the Axios article “Teacher burnout leaves schools scrambling,” claiming that teachers wanted to go back to in-person teaching, but they’re facing “a myriad of challenges.”

According to Axios, school districts are being forced to reduce the length of a school day or cut back on the number of days per week children are in school just to accommodate these “exhausted” teachers.

And do you think the school taxes property owners have to shell out are going to get reduced along with it? Of course not. According to the Axios article, “experts” like Randi Weingarten believe schools need to increase resources, reduce class sizes, and pay teachers more to help address the problem.