March 8 is International Women’s Day, and the group that planned January’s Women’s March on Washington is deeming it “A Day Without a Woman” and calling for widescale protesting, resulting in the closure of some school districts, several being in the D.C. area.
On Mar. 7, Prince George’s County public school (PGCPS) CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell announced that nearly 1,700 teachers and 30 percent of the district’s transportation staff had asked for the day off.
“We cannot transport students and provide safe, productive learning environments without adequate staff,” Dr. Maxwell stated. “We apologize for the inconvenience this will surely cause to many families.”
A Maryland school district outside of Washington D.C. made a similar announcement a day after another school system in Alexandria, Va., said it would close for the protest.
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In his statement, Maxwell added, “Based on our policies, PGCPS and the Prince George’s County Board of Education have no political stance on ‘A Day Without a Woman.'”
“A Day Without a Woman” protest organizers have suggested many ways in which to participate in their protest, such as only spending money women-owned businesses, wearing red, and taking the day off.
See school CEO’s statement and reaction from parents below:
H/T: The Hill
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