Some bus drivers for the DeKalb County School District have been fired after a 'sick out' protest.
Hundreds of school bus drivers did not show up for work Thursday morning after calling in sick to protest requested changes that have not been implemented by the DeKalb County School District's Board member and superintendent.
Superintendent R. Stephen Green released the following statement late Thursday:
"Following a thorough review of the events leading to nearly 400 absences by its bus drivers on April 19, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has taken administrative action against seven employees for violating school district policies.
The district delivered letters to the seven employees this afternoon terminating their employment with DCSD. While the district does not discuss specific personnel matters, the employees were among a group found to actively support or encourage bus drivers not to report to work.
“We have been clear from the beginning. We will keep an open dialogue with employees provided they work collaboratively and keep our children safe by reporting to work. Unfortunately, some employees chose another route, and that carries serious consequences,” said Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green. “The DeKalb County School District does not compromise when it comes to student safety.”
In addition, the district is working with other local school systems and firms that provide temporary drivers to ensure safe and effective travel for students. However, the primary goal is to see the district’s employees return to duty immediately."