Group Calls For Statewide Sickout Thursday; Jefferson, Fayette Public Schools Closed
Kentucky's two largest school districts announced late Wednesday evening that they've been forced to close Thursday, after a large percentage of teachers called in sick.
In a tweet, JCPS said it wouldn't be able to safely cover all of the absences with substitute teachers.
Fayette County Public Schools said as of 8:00 p.m., 40 percent of the district's employees had called in.
As of 8 this evening, roughly 40% of our school employees have reported that they will not be at school tomorrow, which leaves our district without enough substitutes to cover all of the absences. As a result, all Fayette County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, 2.28.19.— Fayette County Public Schools (@FCPSKY) February 28, 2019
Advocacy group KY 120 United called for the "sickout" in response to House Bill 525; a piece of legislation that would remake the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System board. The group called on teachers to rally in Frankfort Thursday, as the measure is expected to be heard in committee. Teachers took similar steps last year in response to legislators' attempts to pass pension reform; the legislation ultimately passed, but was struck down late last year by the Kentucky Supreme Court.