Chapel Hill, N.C., does get snow, though not much — only about 4 inches annually on average. Besides, the announcement that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools will be closed this coming Wednesday, March 8, has nothing to do with the weather forecast. Rather, the closure is in the interests of “safety.”
Which is a roundabout — and, frankly, dishonest — way of saying that a whole bunch of teachers in the district won’t be showing up to work. Instead, they will be taking part in the “Day Without A Woman” strike on International Women’s Day.
The official website of the Women’s March urges supporters not only to take the day off but to buy only from businesses owned by women (or minorities, the lone exception) and to wear red.
According to Station WRAL, reaction among parents of students is mixed:
But so, surprisingly, is the reaction of the district. Here’s spokesman Jeff Nash:
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools values and supports its female employees. However, the decision to close schools is not an endorsement of the planned demonstration. The decision is made solely to avoid operating school on a day when there are insufficient staff to provide instruction and basic school services.
The march, which is modeled on the “Day Without Immigrants” protest, is predicated in on the fiction that women are paid less for the same work and other “inequities.” The February 18 immigrant march backfired for at least 60 workers who showed up at work the next day only to discover they no longer had a job.