On January 3, 2022 teachers from around the country participated in what they coined #sickout2savelives. This movement made its way through Twitter and other social media platforms. It encouraged teachers to call in sick even if they were not sick, to encourage school boards to close schools.
Some Kenosha teachers participated in this “strike” this year. They did this in 2020 as well. Kenosha Education Association (KEA) President Tanya Kitts-Lewinski (D) called in sick on this day. We emailed her to ask if she was really sick, or if she was striking. She didn’t respond to our email. In all 219 teachers did not report to their classrooms last Monday, the first day back from Christmas break. We have decided to publish this list. Please note, there are teachers on this list that were genuinely sick with covid-19 or another illness, had funeral leave, took a personal day, mental health day or FMLA leave. There is no way to know which teachers were striking, and which had a valid excuse to stay home.
This teacher’s union tactic has spread to many KUSD parents. Sabrina Landry, a KUSD mother spoke to the school board on January 3, 2020. She advocated for schools shutting down and condemned “anti-maskers” and “anti-vaxers.” The day before, she made a Facebook post encouraging people to keep their healthy kids home to force school closures.
The Kenosha News reported yesterday that 22 KUSD Schools have closed their doors to students. It appears, for now, that the teacher’s union has won the battle for closing schools leading to the question – who is running our schools? The Union or the parents?
Click here or look below to see the names of the teachers who didn’t work on the strike day.