Oakland Unified School District warns of possible work stoppage of some teachers – CBS San Francisco


OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The Oakland Unified School District warned parents Thursday that some teachers could stage what they described as an ‘illegal disease’ on Friday as Bay Area school districts grapple to staff shortages during the COVID-19 omicron wave.

“We must be clear: this action – in all schools where it occurs – is likely to significantly disrupt the functioning and basic education and will have a negative impact on student safety,” said the note released Thursday.

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District officials said they did not know how many teachers would be involved or which schools would be affected. The Oakland Education Association, which represents teachers, has not sanctioned the potential illness, according to Doug Sovern of KCBS Radio.

The district also pushed back against claims that schools are unsafe during the omicron surge, noting that most of the district’s residents are vaccinated, masks are needed, HEPA air filters are in classrooms and regular testing is available.

Earlier this week, OUSD touted a COVID-19 mass testing effort involving the distribution of tens of thousands of home test kits as well as the operation of test sites during the holidays. District officials said the effort identified nearly 1,000 cases among students, staff and community members before classes resumed on Monday.

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OUSD also criticized the timing of the action. “Additionally, an unexpected need to keep students home on Fridays with little or no notice is likely to force families to place their children in less safe environments. Most of our parents and guardians will have to continue to go to work on Fridays even if their child’s teacher participates in this unauthorized work action, ”the district continued.

The potential illness in Oakland comes as some teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District threatened illness on Thursday because of COVID-19 safety measures.

“We have to talk about the teachers. You have to act like you care about the teachers, ”San Francisco Unified teacher Rori Abernethy, who organized the action, told KPIX 5.

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It was not immediately clear how many SFUSD teachers attended.


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