SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The San Francisco Unified School District was forced to scramble for substitutes Tuesday as 432 teachers either called in sick or took a personal day ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

In all, 12 percent of the districts teachers took the day off while an additional 179 aides were absent from classrooms.

“A lot of us are taking off the day before thanksgiving and two days before thanksgiving so we can get on the road early, be with our families, be safe while we’re going to our holiday travel, so it doesn’t bother me that teachers are taking off. They have a right just like anybody else,” said Michelle Parker of the 2nd District PTA.

A lot of the teachers who did show up to class scaled back their lesson plans or showed movies in class Tuesday. Wednesday was a scheduled day off for the district.

Many Bay Area school districts are off for the entire week. An SFUSD spokesperson told KPIX 5 that the district is considering doing the same.

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