Peoria Teachers Plan Illegal “Sickout,” Some Students Denied Virtual Learning

Peoria Unified School District parents and students have joined the list of victims of illegal teacher “sickouts.” According to the Peoria teacher’s union, nearly 600 teachers may participate in the illegal action planned for Monday as part of an effort to stop students from returning to the classroom.

During these school closures, students are even denied virtual learning unless they have an online teacher from another campus that remains open.

The District advised of the action on its website:

Peoria Unified has closely monitored our staff absence data, which is one of the factors we use to determine if we can safely hold school.  We have explored all possible options to keep school open but at this time, we do not have enough staff to support a safe environment for students this Monday, Jan. 11 at the following schools:


  • Alta Loma
  • Copperwood
  • Country Meadows
  • Heritage
  • Pioneer
  • Santa Fe


  • Cactus
  • Centennial
  • Ironwood
  • Liberty
  • Peoria High School (PFA and MET will remain open)
  • Raymond S. Kellis
  • Sunrise Mountain

The closure will impact both in-person and virtual instruction at the listed sites.

Here is additional information regarding the school closures above:

  • While the school is closed, students and families will not have access to buildings or fenced areas during regular school hours.
  • During this school closure, virtual learning will not take place unless your child has an online teacher from another campus that remains open.
  • Transportation will still conduct their normal bus runs to ensure that no students are left unattended at a bus stop. Any students identified by our bus drivers will be brought back to the school site and families will be notified to come pick up their child. Transportation will also transport students who may attend another campus for a specific program, if that campus is open.
  • Our Food and Nutrition team will provide food curbside during normal lunch times for parents and community members to drive-thru or walk-up for lunch.
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