Union urges Fairfax teachers to take ‘mental health day’

Union urges Fairfax teachers to take ‘mental health day’
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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A teachers' union in Virginia’s largest school district is urging members to call in sick Wednesday for a “mental health day” as ponder how they will respond to a gradual return to in-person learning.

Fairfax Education Association President Kimberly Adams said teachers need the mental health day because of the stress they face with a looming Oct. 30 deadline to say whether they will return to the classroom when called upon, seek a leave of absence, or resign.

The vast majority of Fairfax County Public Schools' 187,000 students are currently attending all virtual classes.

Superintendent Scott Brabrand has outlined a plan that would have students return in stages through late January to two days a week of in-school learning.

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