The Hudson school board will suspend dozens of employees whose absences during public worker protests in Madison, Wis., caused district schools to close Feb. 18.
About 40 employees of the Hudson school district, mostly teachers, will be disciplined. Punishment ranges from one to 15 days of unpaid suspension, according to the district.
The length of suspension is based on “the district’s investigation into the actions believed to have been taken by each employee,” said district communications specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin in an email. The suspensions are to be served by the end of this school year.
“Having to close schools on Feb. 18 was a serious issue that impacted over 5,000 students along with their parents or caregivers,” said school board president Barb Van Loenen. “As a result, the board spent considerable time listening to our community members and … deliberating an appropriate response for individuals who were involved in the excessive absences.”