San Francisco teachers say district misplanned latest COVID wave
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Unified Teachers Union plans to speak out on Wednesday on what they say was a lack of planning on the part of the district during this latest wave of COVID as more than 600 teachers fell ill the day before.
In total, 625 teachers out of 3,600 did not come to work on Tuesday, or nearly 20% of all staff. That’s more than double the typical absenteeism rate before the pandemic.
The lack of substitute teachers nationwide also compounds the problem.
âThere is a shortage of surrogates not only in San Francisco but throughout the Bay Area,â said district spokeswoman Laura Dudnick.
SFUSD provides students and staff with access to rapid COVID testing.
But a state takeaway test shipment has yet to arrive.
Dudnick said they hope to get them later this week.
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But the teachers’ union says there is no organized plan to distribute these tests once they arrive.
The union also wants the district to require staff and students to have proof of a rapid negative COVID test before coming to class.
Citywide, San Francisco health officials said on Tuesday they were seeing more than 800 new cases of COVID per day, up from 300 cases per day a week ago. And that number is expected to increase over the next two weeks, before it declines.
A press conference is scheduled for noon.
KTVU reporter Rob Roth contributed to this report.