A high school in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been canceled after more than half of its teachers and staff called in sick.
Superintendent Philip Thornton is blaming a "sick-out" at Pilgrim High School amid ongoing contract negotiations with the union.
The school says 91 out of around 140 teachers and staff called in sick on Friday.
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Thornton told parents in an email that the numbers of teachers who called in sick rose so high that they could not safely open the school. He says the sick-out hurts students.
Warwick Teachers Union President Darlene Netcoe tells WPRO-AM there was no union-sanctioned sick-out. She says it's cold and flu season, and if people call in sick, they are sick.
Thornton says that's "ridiculous."