Parents react to Livingston Parish teachers “sick out” day


LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Parents in Livingston Parish weighed in on Tuesday’s rising debate between the teacher’s union and the school board, with a teacher “sick out” still planned for Sept. 23.

Many teachers in Livingston Parish say they’re fed up and won’t be showing up to work Wednesday. This comes after the teachers union says teachers are still not satisfied with how the district is handling a virtual learning model and campus reopening.

JaNiece Whittington’s son is enrolled in a Livingston Parish school and says he will also be absent from class Wednesday.

“I believe that the teachers’ voices should be heard,” Whittington said.

She wrote a detailed letter to the school saying she wants her son to stand in solidarity with his teachers.

“I have his teacher’s backs because they’re the ones that are helping me make him become a more successful person,” she said.

The district addressed the planned protest Tuesday. Superintendent Joe Murphy says despite the expected absences, all schools will still be in session. That’s a decision Livingston parent, Paul Sherrod agrees with.

“Children have missed enough school,” Sherrod said.

He says although he appreciates teachers’ he doesn’t see the point in protesting.

“Strikes don’t really solve anything,” he said.

Superintendent Murphy says he values his teachers and he hopes to move forward.

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