To support teachers and staff in their protest against reopening policies in Austin ISD, students planned a “sick out” day on Wednesday. Organizers of the “sick out” day said more teachers are resigning every day because of the conditions amid the reopenings. They are pushing for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and AISD leaders to find a new strategy so there aren’t staff shortages.
Austin ISD reopened at 25% capacity on 5 October and is planning to increase the capacity to 50% on 19 October, 2020. At the beginning of October, hundreds of teachers vowed not to return to the campus as they were worried over the threat of COVID-19. One of the teachers when asked said he has no plans on going back anytime soon because he said it’s just not safe for his students.
An AISD spokesperson said out of the 5,500 active teachers, 104 were absent on the first day of reopening. The spokesperson also said there were 123 central administration staff on campuses to support the return of students.