Upper Perkiomen School District Cancels Classes Friday After Staff Members Call Out Sick Due To Vaccine Reactions

Matt Petrillo reports.

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- The Upper Perkiomen School District was forced to close today after 40 members of faculty and staff called out sick. "Eyewitness News" reporter Matt Petrillo explains what happened.

MATT PETRILLO: The superintendent tells us so many people called out sick Friday because of reactions to recent COVID vaccinations.

ALLYN ROCHE: I mean, I'm disappointed. I did not want to make this call at all.

MATT PETRILLO: The Upper Perkiomen School superintendent called a functional closure for Friday, meaning both in person and virtual learning have been canceled for the day because 40 teachers and other staff have called out sick.

ALLYN ROCHE: We made the call at 10:00 at night, having a strong feeling it was going to get worse, and that would have been probably worse for families at 5:30 to figure those things out.

MATT PETRILLO: Friday's sick outcomes after 175 staff members in the school district received the COVID vaccine on Wednesday from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

ALLYN ROCHE: I feel bad for all the families and specifically our students that are kind of off today on a snow day or a traditional day off.

- Woo!

MATT PETRILLO: These kids from the district certainly didn't seem to mind about the unexpected day off.

- I was happy, because then you get to play with your friends and just do, like, the fun stuff.

MATT PETRILLO: Did your parents tell you why you had today off?

- No.

- I don't know what the reason is.

MATT PETRILLO: Meantime, the school's superintendent is hopeful that come Monday, his staff will be ready for class with many fewer sickouts.

ALLYN ROCHE: Kind of learn from this. Again, it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to have that many people participate in that.

MATT PETRILLO: And the superintendent also tells us the district will use its third emergency day already built into the calendar. At the Upper Perkiomen School District, Matt Petrillo, CBS 2 "Eyewitness News."