The Omicron variant and a severe winter storm have temporarily reduced staffing in Philadelphia public schools, prompting more than 40 to switch to distance learning from Monday.
At least 46 public schools in the Philadelphia School District will be “100%” remote from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, Philadelphia School District Inspector William Hite said in a statement released Friday.
Hite explained that the city had seen an “incredibly challenging first week back to school” due to severe “staffing challenges” caused by the omicron variant and the winter storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic region this week.
“We will continue to keep as many of our school buildings open as possible as consistently as possible, as long as we are confident we can do it safely, “he wrote.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers told Fox 29 that the school district was to blame for shutting down so abruptly, calling it a “lack of planning” for the omicron variant.
The union said more than 90 percent of schools have staff problems and lack adequate COVID-19 test materials, according to the business, noting that it had requested a seven-day break in personal learning.
While President BidenJoe Biden Are we investing trillions in what matters? Biden praises Reid as a fighter ‘for the America we all love’ at memorial service Fox News tops ratings for January 6 anniversary events MORE has urged schools to stay open, the highly transferable omicron variant has strained school systems.
The Chicago Teachers’ Union is currently on strike against personal learning and is in the midst of negotiations with school district officials over COVID-19 security measures.
It was also reported Saturday that students at two high schools in North Carolina will not be able to ride the school bus for two weeks after dozens of bus drivers were tested positive for COVID-19.