01 Nov Concord Community Schools closed Nov. 19
Concord Community Schools will be closed November 19 to allow teachers the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis for Red for Ed Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse.
Red for Ed Action Day is organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association as a way to “show legislators that we are still here, activated and ready to advocate for our kids, our schools and our future,” according to ISTA leadership.
In response to a growing number of Concord teachers requesting the day off to attend the Red for Ed event and too few substitute teachers available, Concord district leaders decided to close schools on November 19 and to use a previously scheduled snow make-up day in the spring to make up for lost instructional time.
The make-up day will be April 17, 2020.
“As a school district, Concord is fortunate to be able to offer competitive salaries in comparison to other similarly sized districts across the state. Yet we recognize that Indiana as a whole is lagging far behind our neighboring states in providing adequate funding for teacher salaries,” Superintendent Tim Tahara said. “We are pleased that a large group of our Concord teachers will be supporting their peers.”
The decision to cancel school rather than conduct an eLearning Day was made in an effort to protect the wages of classified staff — office workers, school bus drivers and aides, food service staff, and classroom paraprofessionals — who would not receive pay on an unplanned eLearning Day, Tahara noted.