The statement blamed the decision on 90 school employees who requested sick leave due to COVID-19 as well as the resignations of more than 100 employees.
“Delaying the start of our fully distance-based e-learning model right now is the best way forward,” said District Superintendent Scott Martzloff.
Officials from the Williamsville Teachers Association blasted the superintendent’s statement on Twitter, noting that only six district teachers had resigned and noting that that number also included dozens of retirements the district had been informed before March of the last school year.
“So we would expect that four teachers who retire and six teachers who resigned in the past five months would be expected to prevent the district from providing distance education?” Reads a union statement.
Fact check: pic.twitter.com/RWhlDNFxhR
– Williamsville TA (@WilliamsvilleTA) September 5, 2020
School officials across the country have struggled to find optimal ways to get students back to class in the fall; many large school districts in the United States have resorted to fully online models due to lingering fears of the coronavirus outbreak.