Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Let The Countdown Begin

Looks like a virulent illness is wreaking havoc in the Utica school system.

More than 100 city school teachers called in sick today, said representatives from Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES.

Today is the first day back to school for Utica students after a shortened spring break. Three days were shaved from the vacation to make up for an excess of snow days.

Usually, about 40 teachers call in on an average day, said Mary Sainsbury, supervisor of the substitute calling service at BOCES

BOCES, which runs a substitute service for its component school districts, was able to find substitutes for all but a few teachers who are out, said Jean Palmer, a BOCES spokeswoman.

Cue the "You don't understand, they work all year round, they grade papers at home, they don't really get all summer off, they're underpaid, they had to go to school for four years, blah, blah, blah..." soundtrack in 3...2...1....