For those schools that were open, Friday was a strange and unsettling day, with widespread staff shortages and half-empty classes, conditions Robin Cooper, the president of the city principals’ union, said were “unstable and unsafe.” Some schools had no nurses, others operated without substitutes.
A teacher at Randolph High had direct contact with someone who is now hospitalized with coronavirus. The district did not notify parents or send students home, but 200 kids walked out anyway. Union leaders are furious.
School districts across the region are creating online lesson plans and sending students home with packets of assignments as they brace for the prospect of the spreading coronavirus forcing extended school closures.
The school board will consider a resolution allowing the district “to execute, deliver, and perform a settlement agreement” with a teacher who had filed notice of intent to sue the school system after being diagnosed with a rare, fatal cancer linked to asbestos exposure.