File photoThe nonprofit #iCANHELP seeks to eliminate negativity and cyber-bullying on social media.

File photoThe nonprofit #iCANHELP seeks to eliminate negativity and cyber-bullying on social media.

SFUSD sees rise in number of educators calling out before Thanksgiving

A large wave of teacher and worker absences swept across the San Francisco Unified School District on Tuesday — the last day before a long holiday weekend.

On a typical day, 7.5 percent of the teachers in the district are absent, according to the district. But Tuesday, that percentage was about 12 percent — a level that has the district rethinking next year’s academic calendar.

According to the district, there were 611 teachers and paraprofessionals who requested the day off Tuesday. The number was high enough that there were not enough substitutes to fill all of the vacant positions. While the district was able to fill 493 slots, 107 positions had to be filled with district office staffers who hold teaching credentials, according to district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe.

The issue of sick calls before holiday weekends is not new for the district, Blythe said. A previous pattern of many teachers requesting substitutes on the days leading up to Thanksgiving led the district in 2004 to change its calendar to have schools closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“However, it seems that there are a number of teachers who have moved to take the Tuesday before the holiday off,” Blythe wrote in an email.

Because of the large absence rate, Blythe said, Superintendent Richard Carranza has asked the committee that sets the academic calendar to consider taking off the entire Thanksgiving week next year.

If that move is made, the two instructional days lost that week would be moved to either the beginning or the end of the school year.Bay Area Newseducation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center joined San Francisco city leaders and community partners in a “Campaign for Solidarity” at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
City launches ‘Campaign for Solidarity’ to combat racial violence

Mayor London Breed, the city’s Human Rights Commission and community leaders launched… Continue reading

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

The Warriors will be back inside the Chase Center against the Denver Nuggets on April 23. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Sports weekahead for week of April 18, 2021

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

Demonstrators march from Mission High School towards the San Francisco Police station on Valencia Street. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Vigil, march honors those killed by police

Deaths of Daunte Wright, Roger Allen and others prompt renewed calls for defunding

Most Read