BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – According to one teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish, more than 600 teachers called out on Monday.
The “sick-out” was done in response to the “Smart Start” Initiative.
The East Baton Rouge School System is weighing in on the decision by some teachers to take the day off in protest.
The full statement can be found below:
On behalf of Superintendent Sito Narcisse:
“While we experienced a slight uptick in total absences today, we were able to lend support where needed to ensure that high-quality instruction continued for students. We are blessed to have some of the most passionate and devoted teachers and staff in the country. Our teachers are committed to their students and understand the pivotal role they play in developing the future of Baton Rouge. We work and live by our motto – Every student, in every community, in every class every day,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse. “I recognize that this plan requires personal sacrifices; however, growth cannot occur without bold action. This is the first step on our path to changing educational outcomes for our children.”
Today, April 12, 531 teachers were recorded absent. This is 16% of our total instructional staff. In comparison, 359 teachers were absent on Monday, March 29 (10%). The district is home to 3,328 teachers.