UPDATE: LRSD releases numbers of absent students for March 2, over 350 staff members called in sick

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Officials with the Little Rock School District released numbers of students as well as staff member absences for March 2.

Good afternoon, The Little Rock School District experienced a large number of teaching staff call in sick today; Monday, March 2, 2020.  On average, LRSD has 95 teachers call in sick each day, which typically includes approximately 1,950 professionals.

Today, as of 9:00 a.m., the district had 372 certified staff members who called in sick.  Through a coordinated effort, 328 vacant positions were covered with the following: 173 Will Sub Substitutes, 125 LRSD Auxiliary Staff, 30 Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Volunteers. The remainder were covered by building level specialty staff. 

We are aware that there is suggestion of a coordinated sickout by LREA; this cannot be confirmed.

Below you will find a spreadsheet that best captures student absences for today, March 2, 2020.

Pamela Smith,
Director of Communications, Little Rock School District


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock Education Association (LREA) has issued a statement about today’s absence of nearly 350 teachers who called in sick on Monday morning.

“We do know that there are serious outbreaks of influenza and strep circulating among our schools,” states a news release issued by LREA President Teresa Knapp Gordon.

“LREA would love to be able to tell you that flu and strep are the only illnesses that are flourishing in LRSD,” the release continues. “However, we know that the confirmed ongoing infection of the privatization agenda pushed by the Governor and his billionaire buddies in LRSD continues to flourish, and this infection robs our students of the funding and resources they need in order to thrive.”

Click here to read the full release.

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to the Little Rock School District (LRSD) as of 5:30 a.m., just under 350 teachers have called in sick.

LRSD released a statement today regarding the absentee’s saying that LRSD will have school today, March 2.

See the full statement below.

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