On Wednesday, March 8, women nationwide are set to go on strike for “A Day Without a Woman.” Women are encouraged to stay home from work, avoid shopping at certain businesses, and wear red to show their support.
While over 100 participants of “A Day Without Immigrants” lost their jobs after not showing up for work about two weeks ago, one school in North Carolina is taking action ahead of the demonstration.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district decided to cancel classes on Wednesday and instead opted for an “optional teacher workday,” according to WSOC-TV.
In an emailed statement, obtained by The News & Observer, the school explained its decision:
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools values and supports its female employees. However, the decision to close schools is not an endorsement of the planned demonstration. The decision is made solely to avoid operating school on a day when there are insufficient staff to provide instruction and basic school services.
With 75% of its staff being women, the report noted that the school is overwhelmingly female.
The statement went on to claim that the expected absences “would make it difficult to teach students,” as well as provide “transportation and food service.”
Fox News’ “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Abby Huntsman spoke with a county resident from a neighboring school district on Saturday.
Mary Lopez Carter explained that it’s “taxpayer money that’s allowing them to take this day off.”
Then, she called out the contradiction of the teachers’ strike:
“The irony is that these teachers supposedly care about our children and families and community, yet they’re inconveniencing parents, especially those who have young children who legally cannot leave their children at home.”
Lopez Carter maintained that most of the teachers are “good teachers,” but is worried that the cancellation will have a snowball effect on neighboring school districts like hers.
The school district’s decision to close means that teachers who planned to not show up for work out of protest, will not even face the smallest consequence of using one of their paid-time-off days.