- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The superintendent of schools in Warwick says a virus was the reason 33 teachers called out sick, not a labor protest.

Superintendent Philip Thornton says 33 of the 87 teachers at Veterans Junior High School were out sick Wednesday. He says substitute teachers and other personnel covered all the sick teachers’ classes.

Thornton says the virus has not affected students.

The superintendent says the Warwick Teachers Union assured him that it would never use a “sick out” to protest during teacher contract negotiations.

He says several teachers at other schools in the city also were out sick Wednesday.

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