More schools cancel classes ahead of “A Day Without A Woman” boycott
WASHINGTON, DC — Many women are planning on staying home from work on Wednesday for “A Day Without A Woman” strike which falls on International Women’s Day. Some school districts in the area will be closed because many staff members are taking off to be part of the protest.
We’ve learned that public schools in the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and Prince George’s County, Maryland will be closed for students on Wednesday.
“Throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools, a high number of school-based and support staff have requested leave for tomorrow, which would compromise our ability to transport students and provide safe, productive learning environments,” Dr. Kevin Maxwell said in a statement.
Meanwhile in Alexandria, more than 300 school staffers requested the day off. School officials attributed the requests to the protest.
Also, Center City Public Charter Schools said that all six of its schools in DC will be closed due to staff members taking the day off to participate in the strike. However, the Central Office will be opened but with a limited staff. The charter schools affected are in Brightwood, Capitol Hill, Congress Heights, Petworth, Shaw and Trinidad Neighborhoods.
Both public school districts in Prince George’s County and the City of Alexandria stated that the school systems are not taking a political stance on the “A Day Without a Woman”. Schools will reopen on Thursday, March 9 on normal schedule.
Organizers of January’s Women’s March on DC are urging women and supporters to wear red on Wednesday as part of an International Women’s Day protest.