The resolution came a day after Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio requested five additional business days to compile and report the data to Lewis.
Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis asked 10 school districts, including Jefferson County Public Schools, on Thursday to provide by Monday the names of teachers who took sick leaving during the two-week stretch in which JCPS was closed six days; districts’ sick leave policies; and any documentation provided by teachers who called out sick in that time.
Lewis has asked JCPS and nine other school districts to produce by Monday names of every teacher who used sick leave during days in which districts were closed; local policies on sick leave use; and any documentation provided by teachers who took sick time.
Lewis has asked for the records – which cover Feb. 28, March 5-7 and Tuesday through Thursday – by Monday, along with the districts’ sick leave policies any affidavits or doctor’s notes submitted by those who received sick time.
Thursday marked the sixth “sick out” for Jefferson County Public Schools in two weeks and the third consecutive day schools have been called off due to teacher shortages.
The opinion comes on the fifth "sick out" at JCPS in less than two weeks as teachers protest bills they say would hurt public education.
The legislation, Senate Bill 250, now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk for his signature or veto after the 54-42 vote. If it becomes law, SB 250 will allow Pollio and his successors to override principal selections by school-based decision making councils, enter contracts worth up to $20,000 and demote administrators.
The failed effort to convince JCPS teachers that “Tuesday is too late” – several in the JCPS Leads group changed their Facebook profiles to an image that includes the phrase over the weekend – comes as district officials restlessly watch for possible “sick outs” this week with lawmakers set to return to the Capitol Tuesday.
JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said he’s hopeful that the plan will keep JCPS open next with lawmakers scheduled to meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before breaking for a veto recess, but there’s no guarantee.
JCPS has been closed since Wednesday as teachers called in absences en masse and trigger closures.