Virginia school district to close for 'A Day Without a Woman'

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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After more than 300 staff members requested leave this Wednesday for “A Day Without a Woman”, the Virginia School district had to close schools for the day. 

“This is not a decision that was made lightly. We have been closely monitoring requests for leave on March 8, including communicating with school leaders and our education association,” Alexandria Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said in a statement on the school system’s website. “The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction. It is not based on a political stance or position.”

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