WFB: A feminist protest is forcing public schools in the Washington, D.C., area to close for a day, placing a “burden on parents.”
Over 300 female teachers asked to take Wednesday off to observe the “Day Without a Woman” protest, which is being organized by leaders of the liberal Women’s March.
Alvin L. Crawley, the superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools, sent a letter to parents announcing that all schools will be closed on March 8. Crawley insisted the decision to close was not political, but necessary because of the number of teachers who would not be showing up to work.
“It has come to our attention that as of today, more than 300 staff members have requested leave this Wednesday, March 8,” Crawley wrote. “Given the unusual high number of requests, this may be attributed to observance of International Women’s Day. This day has also been deemed A Day Without Women.”
Crawley said all public schools in the district will be closed for students, and Wednesday will be a teacher work day for staff. The day will be treated as a snow day that students do not have to make up because of the lack of weather closings and enough room on the calendar.
The superintendent said the unexpected closing would negatively impact parents. MORE