Another DC-area school district will close for ‘A Day Without a Woman’


All schools in Prince George’s County public school system in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., will be closed to students on Wednesday for “A Day Without a Woman” after more than 1,000 teachers asked to take the day off.

The school district made the announcement one day after the school system in Alexandria, Va., said it would close for the strike as well.

{mosads}The protest, organized by the group that planned the Women’s March on Washington, is scheduled for March 8, International Women’s Day.

The group planning the strike has suggested a variety of ways to participate, including taking the day off. Other ideas include spending money only at businesses owned by women and minorities or wearing red in support.

According to a statement by the Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, as of Tuesday evening nearly 1,700 teachers and 30 percent of the transportation staff had asked for the day off.

“We cannot transport students and provide safe, productive learning environments without adequate staff,” Dr. Kevin Maxwell said in the statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience this will surely cause to many families.”

“Based on our policies, PGCPS and the Prince George’s County Board of Education have no political stance on ‘A Day Without a Woman,'” the statement added.


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