WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) – A large number of teachers have called in sick at Kickemuit Middle School in Warren – resulting in cancelled classes Friday – over what the union calls concerns for student and teacher safety.
According to Bristol Warren Education Association Co-President Michelle Way DaSilva, teachers have been concerned about student and staff safety due to escalating behaviors of students at the school.
She said they’ve had numerous discussions in an attempt to work with school administration over the past year to address those concerns.
“These attempts by the Bristol Warren Education Association to work with the BWRSD have not resulted in satisfactory actions by the administration to ensure provisions of a well-organized and disciplined school, despite our willingness to be part of a proactive plan to address the escalating behaviors of students at KMS,” DaSilva said in a statement. “As a result, the BWEA members at KMS have been enduring undue stress and anxiety over their daily frustrations of trying to provide a positive learning experience to all students despite the constant disruptions of a growing number of students.”
JUST IN: Union in Bristol Warren says large number of teacher sick calls to Kickemuit Middle School – resulting in no school Fri. – is over “student and staff safety” due to “escalating behaviors of students at KMS.” (statement attached) pic.twitter.com/LTQvTDpHw8— Tim White (@TimWhiteRI) February 1, 2019
DaSilva said injuries have happened in the past and the staff is taking time to “regroup and reset.”
“While teachers are convalescing they are hoping that a viable and guaranteed plan will be put in place that will provide the well-organized and disciplined school that all children and adults can thrive in,” DaSilva said.
In a recorded call to parents, Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade said he was cancelling school at Kickemuit due to a “high number of adult illnesses.”
All other schools in the Bristol Warren district will remain open.