San Francisco and Bay Area news accounts are estimating heavy student and teacher participation in today's rallies and marches for Immigrant Rights and International Worker's Day. See photos on Flickr.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that only 1/3 of Mission High School students showed up for class today.
At San Francisco's Mission High, just 282 students -- less than a third of the usual 872 -- showed up for classes. Principal Kevin Truitt said he was left with the emptiest campus he's ever supervised -- and he was all for it.
San Francisco schools are reporting that 750 teachers and staff were absent from work today - May Day. 12,354 students were absent today from the school district (approximately 22%).
On a typical school day, 5% of students are absent in the district.
- 5311 students were absent from elementary and K-8 schools (20%)
- 2877 students were absent from middle schools (26%)
- 4161 students were absent from high schools (21%)
Our central office reported that many teachers and students not only from Mission High, but also Balboa, O'Connell, ISA [International Studies Academy], Thurgood Marshall High Schools particpated in the immigrant rights/May Day rallies and marches.
The Chronicle is reporting that other school districts also had large walkouts/blowouts or students that didn't show up for school today probably in commemoration of the immigrant and workers' rights demonstrations.
-- San Jose: 4,876 students absent, or 16 percent.
-- San Diego: 26,008 students absent, or 20 percent.
-- Los Angeles: 71,942 middle and high school students absent, or 27 percent.