In Livingston Parish, teachers are planning another “sick out” on Wednesday as part of a protest of the district’s back to school plans. Teachers have spoken out about the heavy burden placed on them with hybrid learning models.
The Livingston Federation of Teachers announced Monday night that they will not report to school on Wednesday, saying the Livingston Parish School District has not done enough to address their concerns.
“Making the decision to leave my students, even for just one day, is an incredibly difficult choice,” Livingston Federation of Teachers President Tamara Cupit said in a statement. “But ultimately, this is something we need to do for them not only this year, but for years to come. To protect their health and safety, and ensure that each of our students get a top-quality education, whether they’re learning in person or on a computer.”
This comes after the group appeared to reach an agreement with the School Board just last week, allowing for more parent and teacher inp ut.
But, teachers are asking the administration to create a superintendent’s advisory council, composed of one teacher from each school and elected by teachers. That council would meet with the superintendent and board at least once a month, with a first priority of addressing issues related to opening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve been trying to tell the School Board for weeks that this system isn’t working, but our concerns have fallen on deaf ears. We felt like there was no other option, but to take a day to protest the Board’s inaction,” Livingston Federation of Teachers Executive Board Member Jessica Colbenson said.