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Chandler Unified School District reports possibility of staff 'sick-outs'

A release from CUSD states that they have gotten reports that hundreds of educators are planning sick-out for the first day back to classes after the holidays.
A sign outside the Chandler Unified School District office. (Photo: Ryan Cody/12 News)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Chandler Unified School District released a statement on Wednesday about the possibility of hundreds of sick-out calls following the holiday season. 

In mid-December, the district surveyed 1,200 staff members to get an idea of how they felt about the return to in-class instruction. 

In the report, the CUSD said that 65% of the respondents said they did not feel safe returning to work on Jan. 5 and 70% said they would like to do a two-week virtual return before reentering the classroom. 

The district decided to hold a video livestream of the COVID task force meeting on Monday, convene a special session of the CUSD Governing Board to discuss next steps and move to virtual learning until the Governing Board can meet.

As of Sunday, Arizona has hit a new peak at more than 17,000 new cases. ICU beds are reaching capacity and hospital staffs are overwhelmed by the influx of cases. 

Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman sent a series of tweets on Saturday with the same request in mind for virtual learning and Gov. Ducey said he will not order a two-week quarantine period statewide. 

Read the full CUSD release below.